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Happy September Granite City!

The unofficial end of summer is upon us, but there are
plenty of events this month to keep you too busy to notice.
We have dedicated this month's home page to our
wonderful community of Lincoln Place.  Its rich heritage
will be celebrated this month at the
Annual Lincoln Place Heritage Festival on September 19th.
You don't want to miss this festive event, please scroll
down to find the planned activities for this year's festival.
Enter the Apple Pie contest and show off your baking
skills! The Lincoln Place Heritage Association will also be
hosting their fall trivia night next month, so mark your
While at the festival stop in and visit The Garden Gate Tea
Room and Ernie & Annie's, both located in the heart of
Lincoln Place.
We have two 5K runs this month, a vendor fair at the
Old Six Mile Museum, and many other activities including
this year's parade on Labor Day at 10 am.
The GCPD has announced their next Neighborhood Watch
meeting, the information is below.
The next market of the
season will be
Saturday, September 12th
9 am to 1 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
PROFIT;  Every Man in the Commonwealth
Steel Works Made to Feel Himself
"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
The 5th Annual Blue Collar Blues & BBQ, Saturday, August 29th
This year's event, brought to you by Alfresco Productions, was another smash hit, with great
food, a BBQ competition, live entertainment and many vendors.  See you next year -
a big thank you to Brenda Whitaker for another wonderful community event!
Granite City

here to
find out all
the fun
“Stay where you are. Find your
own Calcutta. Find the sick,
the suffering, and the lonely
right there where you are — in
your own homes and in your
own families, in your
workplaces and in your
schools. You can find Calcutta
all over the world, if you have
the eyes to see. Everywhere,
wherever you go, you find
people who are unwanted,
unloved, uncared for, just
rejected by society —
completely forgotten,
completely left alone.”
—Mother Teresa

September 14th
Quarter Auction Vendors for
Benefit for Wee Care
Learning Center

Doors open at 6:00
Granite City Township Hall
2060 Delmar Avenue

Chantal Paris Couture
Fashion Show
6pm to 7pm

Auction Begins at 7:00
$1.00 a paddle bring a canned
good get 2nd paddle free

Concessions and 50/50
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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