Dear Friends of the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum,
Today, we’re celebrating the news! The historic Carnegie Library will be preserved as an architectural treasure in Waukegan. The now vacant building at 1 N. Sheridan Road was
transferred to the Waukegan Park District
by the Waukegan City Council on September 16, 2019.
Carnegie Transfer Press Release
We wholeheartedly agree with Jay Lerner, Executive Director, Waukegan Park District, “The community can be assured that this project will strengthen not only downtown but Waukegan as a whole.” The RBEM Committee looks forward to continuing our collaboration with the Waukegan Park District and the City of Waukegan as we grow RBEM’s future.
As we look around us today, we see it emerging: downtown Waukegan as a Bradbury-themed destination that will attract local, regional, national, and international visitors.
It will be exciting watch the
renovation of the Carnegie,
though it will take years. The Carnegie will tell one part of Ray Bradbury’s story—his love for the Waukegan Carnegie Library and how it was the “great watering hole” for his imagination.
Here at 13 N. Genesee, just a block to the west, the
future Ray Bradbury Experience Museum
will offer immersive experiences into Bradbury’s themes of space and time travel, freedom of expression, love, magic, and something wicked. RBEM will be the hometown museum Ray Bradbury deserves.
A few more blocks away, “Fantastical Traveler,” the
Ray Bradbury Statue
, unveiled August 22, 2019, shines in front of the Waukegan Public Library.
Ray Bradbury Park
, now a national literary landmark, with its famed ravine and bridge that Bradbury immortalized in Bradbury’s novel
It’s happening! Build with us and share the excitement. Help open the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum.
Sandra Sarsha Petroshius
RBEM Committee Chair
Ray Bradbury Experience Museum Committee
Sandra Sarsha Petroshius, Chair Irene Edgar Terry Fertig
Robert Gourley Sue Kaiser, J.D.,CRFE Mikayla Khramov
Shai Lothan John Patrick Mullins, Ph.D. Patrick O’Keefe Vance D. Wyatt
The Ray Bradbury Experience Museum is a program of the Greater Waukegan Development Coalition (GWDC), a 501(c)(3) economic development organization.