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EIU Teaching with Primary Sources

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This page contains information about events that focus on the RPO and preferably, RPO clerks.  

Interviews and Primary Source Sharing at EIU

(March 6, 2010) Former Railway Post Office Clerks, EIU faculty and students gathered in Buzzard Auditorium to create this project.  The day included interviews, explanation and demonstration of primary sources and sharing.  Everyone involved had a wonderful time and learned something new.  The students were amazed when the clerks recognized the name of each hometown and could give the location of the community.

Documentary Premiere

(May 2, 2010) Buzzard Auditorium was the site of the premiere of Constant Motion: The Job of Railway Post Office Clerks.  The audience included the Constant Motion clerks and their families, as well other clerks, EIU faculty, staff, students and administration, community members and others interested in the history of the RPO. 

Mt. Vernon, IL Reunion

(Annually in May) Former RPO clerks from southern and central Illinois attend the annual reunion to catch up and share stories and photographs.  These clerks crossed Illinois from Chicago to Memphis and St. Louis to Ohio stopping everywhere in between.  

RPO Days, Illinois Railway Museum

(Annually on the second weekend in June) The Illinois Railway Museum hosted another group of former clerks from the northern part of Illinois and Iowa.  The event included an opportunity for the clerks to complete a mail catch "on the fly".  The clerks shared memories and provided a videotaped tour of the IRM's incredible Mail Car.  Video of the car will be added to the site soon. 

Terre Haute, IN Reunion

(Annually in September)

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