OLLI members "Got their kicks on Route 66", and discovered many unique treasures in Atlanta, IL. The day began with a tour of the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator which was built in 1904. OLLI members learned that the grain elevator in Atlanta is the only fully restored grain elevators that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was very evident on this Learning Trip that many community members are dedicated to preserving the history of the small community.
The next stop on the Atlanta tour was the Atlanta Public Library and Museum. OLLI members quickly fell in love with the quaint library space that is uniquely octagonal in its design. The library houses many community activities including lifelong learning style lectures and book clubs. The museum is located just across the library and holds a fascinating collection of antiques and memorabilia that celebrate Atlanta’s rich history. One section of the museum contains old records, pictures, and memorabilia from the old Atlanta school district.
Finally the day concluded with a visit to the Robert Glenn Wertheim Candy Company. OLLI members not only learned about how the candy company got its start here in Atlanta, but they were able to actually dip chocolate and pull peanut brittle. The Wertheim Candy Company is a three generation family owned business. OLLI members left the candy company with a smile on their faces, especially since they were able to take home their homemade creations.
OLLI would like to thank the community of Atlanta for welcoming us on a very informative and fun-filled Learning Trip.