Melting Pot Market Granite City Illinois
Happy September Granite City!
If you have visited the page to see what is going on this
month, you have come to the right place.  We have BBQs,
a taco sale, a book fair and fall festivals.  We even have a
historical walking tour through one of our cemeteries.
The Lincoln Place Heritage Association has their
spectacular annual festival planned for this month, scroll
down to see the details.  Autumn is knocking at our door!
The next market of the
season will be
Saturday, October 13th
10 am to 3 pm in
historical downtown
Granite City at
Civic Park
Lincoln Place:
Steel Bridge Across Cultures

"Thousands of immigrants from many points
on the globe arrived in Granite City, Illinois, in
the early twentieth century, drawn by the
prospect of employment in heavy industry.
Many settled in a ten-square-block area
between the railroad and the Mississippi, in
the shadow of the steel mills.

Known first as “Hungary Hollow” and later as
Lincoln Place, the neighborhood became
home to Hungarians, Macedonian Bulgarians,
Armenians, Mexicans, and people of more
than thirty other nationalities, making it one of
the most ethnically diverse places in
southwestern Illinois. This cross section of the
world made distinctive contributions to the
world, including the first Bulgarian Orthodox
church in the Americas, a Macedonian
newspaper read internationally, and a tradition
of athletic achievement that carried the 1940
Granite City High School basketball team to a
state championship victory."
From IlHumanties.org
This black and white still photo of Sim's Place, a popular hangout for children of the
1950's in Granite City's Lincoln Place neighborhood, was donated by lifelong Granite
City resident, Robert Astorian. Astorian reflects on the teen hideaway, describing it as a
drug free pool hall that served hamburgers and soda. Although the 1950's pinball
machines were an attractive source of entertainment, Astorian recalls having a good
time, "shooting the breeze with everybody."
Courtesy of the CUSP Project
An article dated May 1916 published in
the
THIS WELFARE WORK SHOWS GOOD
PROFIT;  Every Man in the Commonwealth
Steel Works Made to Feel Himself
a Partner.  BOYS FITTED TO THEIR JOBS
"Hungry Hollow" Changed to
"Lincoln Place" to Suit the
Aspiration of Its Residents

When Clarence H. Howard, President...
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Lincoln Place Community House ~ (Est. February 22, 1922)
Pacific Avenue (Niedringhaus Ave.) Granite City, IL

The Community House, dedicated to the residents of Lincoln Place as a community
center for the general welfare of those living in that section of the city, was opened on
Washington's Birthday, February 22, 1922, with a dedication program in which 700
people took part.
Courtesy of Granite City Chronical: A Historical Journey
Lincoln Picture Show ~ 942 Pacific Ave. Granite City, IL.
A. Vartanian
(Owner) (Est'd on Saturday November 15, 1924)

Granite City Press Record Ad from Friday November 14, 1924
Courtesy of Granite City Chronical: A Historical Journey
Cionkos Meats Granite City Illinois
Lincoln Place Community House ~ (Est. February 22, 1922)
Pacific Ave. (Niedringhaus Ave.) Granite City, IL
My grandmother's U.S. Citizenship class at the Club House in Lincoln
Place...they all did it the right way!

Photo contributed by Lynne Lovacheff-Stelzleni
Shared by Granite City, IL Chronical: A Historical Journey
Family members of Andrew Michael "Handy Andy" Phillip at Andy's
home located at 1610 Maple in Lincoln Place.  Andy was born in
Granite City and led the Granite City High School basketball team to
the Illinois State Championship in 1940.
He went on to play for the Philadelphia Warrios, Fort Wayne Pistons
and the Boston Celtics.

Original photograph contributed by Sandy Sides Castor
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LINCOLN PLACE HERITAGE FESTIVAL
“Honor the Past, Imagine the Future”
Presented By The Lincoln Place Heritage Association

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
11 am to 5 pm
Lincoln Place Community Center, 822 Niedringhaus Ave.,
Granite City

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FEATURING IMMIGRANT CULTURES OF
HISTORIC LINCOLN PLACE NEIGHBORHOOD

MACEDONIA, BULGARIA, ARMENIA, HUNGARY, MEXICO, CROATIA,
RUSSIA, GERMANY, ENGLAND, IRELAND, AND SCOTLAND

**TRADITIONAL AUTHENTIC ETHNIC FOODS AND PASTRIES FOR SALE**
****OLD COUNTRY COSTUMED FOLK DANCERS****
****TRADITIONAL OLD COUNTRY MUSICIANS AND VOCALISTS****
FACE PAINTING*BALLOON CRAFT*JUGGLER*MAGIC SHOW
CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND
**CASITA PHOTO OPPORTUNITY FOR FAMILIES**
STORY LADY IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH
CHILDREN’S BOOK SALE, LIBRARY RAFFLE & LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP
**LINCOLN PLACE PHOTOS AND HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS**
** LINCOLN PLACE QUILT DISPLAY**
COSTUMES OF EASTERN EUROPE DISPLAY
**MACEDONIAN BEADWORK DEMONSTRATION**
*APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN DULCIMER*
CELTIC HARP*COUNTRY FIDDLE
*GREAT LINCOLN PLACE FIRE MEMORABILIA*
WORLD WAR II MILITARY VEHICLES AND ARTILLERY
*JEWELRY VENDORS*OLD FASHIONED CANDY*
COMMEMORATIVE FESTIVAL T-SHIRTS & LINCOLN PLACE BOOKS
LINCOLN PLACE ATHLETIC DISPLAY AND PHOTOS
LINCOLN PLACE ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS ON DISPLAY
OPEN FOLK DANCING LED BY UNIVERSITY CITY FOLK DANCE TROUPE
****
*****APPLE PIE BAKING CONTEST OPEN TO ALL*****
**Submit Pie Entries by 1 pm- $50 First Prize**
________________________
**FREE ADMISSION**FREE PARKING**
ALL CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES ARE FREE

TRADITIONAL FOLK DANCERS, MUSICIANS,
VOCALISTS BEGIN AT 11 AM AND RUN CONTINUOUSLY
THROUGHOUT THE DAY –
ALL ENTERTAINMENT IS FREE**
Did you know you can
apply for your US
Passport at the Six
Mile Regional Library?
2001 Delmar Avenue
No appointment
needed
Monday-Thursday
9:30 am to 7 pm
Friday & Saturday
9:30 am to 4 pm
452-6238
Extension 730
DO YOU NEED TO
REGISTER TO VOTE?

The Six Mile Regional
Library is having a
voter registration
drive on Tuesday,
September 4,
Tuesday, September
18 and Tuesday,
September 25,
from 4 pm to 6 pm
at the downtown
location
2001 Delmar Avenue
in the "History
Room" and at the
2145 Johnson Road
location.

Please bring two
forms of ID, one with
your
current address - if
you have questions
please call 452-6238
Ext 7
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INTERESTED IN
CHESS CLUB

Anyone aged 55 of
older that would be
interested in playing
or learning about
Chess!
Please contact Beth
at 877-0513 and leave
your name and
number
Madison County Lead Program for Lead Paint Removal Services
+++++++++++++++++
in parts of Granite City, Madison and Venice.
Possible new windows/doors while improving home safety.  
Must meet income guidelines.
FUNDING IS LIMITED
Call 618-692-8940 for application qualifications
COMMUNITY CARES
QUARTER AUCTION
Monday, September 10
5:45 pm till 9 pm
GC Township Hall
2060 Delmar Avenue

$1.00 Paddle 20 Tickets for $5.00
Bring someone new and both get
free paddle
Food Available
50/50 Vendor Shopping Spree
Raffle & More
Great Auction Prizes-All New Items

Community Care Center provides
several services in its mission in
the Quad Cities area, including
:

Food pantry - emergency food orders.
Senior Food Delivery.
Soup kitchen
- serving three lunch meals a week.
Calico Loft - donating clothing to clients at no
charge.
Back to school program - providing each school
age child in a family with new outfit, including
shoes.
Christmas Warmth - providing Christmas cheer and
economic relief to families, including toy and a
food basket for each family.
Loan medical equipment.
Offer Nix program through schools for head lice.
Distribute layettes for newborns in conjuction with
Church Women United.
StaffQuick Interview at the Library
11 AM - 12 PM
Tuesday, September 18, October 16, & November 20
History Room, Downtown Library, 2001 Delmar Avenue
Hiring for a range of positions across Madison County.
Come take the first step toward your new job!  
No appointment is needed, please bring 2 forms of ID.
Questions? Call 452-6238 ext 730
RIP
Dear Friend