I received an e-mail today from the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum in Waukegan, Illinois. It appears that the Museum is currently planning on being open on August 22, 2020 to celebrate Ray's 100th birthday. The e-mail noted that masks and social distancing by visitors will be required due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that further information, including how to obtain free timed tickets for admission, will be forthcoming. If and when I receive additional information about this event, I'll try to post it on this forum. Here is a portion of that e-mail:
"Ray Bradbury’s Centennial is August 22, 2020. We believe the best birthday gift to Ray Bradbury is to fulfill his dream to 'Live Forever' through his museum in Waukegan, his hometown.
COVID-19 has delayed RBEM's development in 2020. But we want to share the vision of the future museum with you on Ray Bradbury's 100th birthday.
RBEM’s Centennial Celebration will adhere strictly to COVID-19 guidelines for everyone’s safety. Stay tuned for more information!
Let's Bring Ray Bradbury Home!"
For anyone interested in attending the Ray Bradbury Centennial celebration that will take place on August 22, 2020 at the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum in Ray's hometown of Waukegan, Illinois, clicking on the link below will provide you with information on how to do so. A ticket for a specific time of day (between 10 am and 7 pm), as well as a mask and social distancing, is required:
For those who can't make it to Waukegan on August 22, 2020, the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum indicated in an e-mail today that you can, with a reservation, participate virtually as well. Click on the link in the posting above, or contact the Museum, for additional information:
"Ray Bradbury's 100th Birthday!
Celebrate with us In-person and Virtually.
Join #RBEM virtually and safely in person on August 22 along with the Green Town community and fans throughout the universe to celebrate Ray Bradbury's 100th birthday."
Courtesy of the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum (RBEM), no matter where in the world you might be located, you can visit the locations in Ray Bradbury's Green Town stories with the RBEM Green Town Virtual Tour. RBEM is presenting an exclusive look at some of the historical and literary places that are referenced in novels like SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, DANDELION WINE, FAREWELL SUMMER, and in many of Ray's short stories.
The RBEM virtual tour is launching on August 22, 2020, in honor of Ray Bradbury's 100th birthday. Per the RBEM, stay tuned to learn how you can explore "Green Town", Waukegan, IL, by visiting its website, www.raybradburyexperiencemuseum.org.
The Ray Bradbury Experience Museum will be offering Ray Bradbury centennial masks, and other cool merchandise, during its open house on August 22, 2020. The Museum indicates that after that date, the souvenir merchandise will be available for purchase via the RBEM website. (I already have my RBEM t-shirt, which I purchased during my last visit to the Museum!) For more information, just click on the link below:
The Ray Bradbury Experience Museum has created the "I Met Ray" Project, by which it invited people who met Ray Bradbury during his lifetime to film their thoughts and memories. The videos which comprise the Project will be available for viewing at the RBEM on August 22, 2020, and available for viewing on the Museum's website as well. Here is what the Museum said in today's announcement:
"The "I Met Ray" Project
We heard story after story after story. Heartfelt stories. So many, we knew we had to capture them. That's why we're preserving these true stories of ordinary readers and viewers who met or were influenced by the boundless imagination and heart of Ray Bradbury. We created the "I Met Ray" Project. It's ongoing.
Watch this original documentary at RBEM on August 22. Going live on August 22, 2020 at www.raybradburyexperiencemuseum.org"
From the Lake County News-Sun newspaper, the link below will take you to an article about the upcoming Ray Bradbury Centennial festivities at the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum in Waukegan, Illinois:
Below is a link to a brief article in the Daily Herald, a suburban Chicago newspaper, about Saturday's centennial event at the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum:
As noted in my posting of August 17, 2020 above, the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum launched its virtual tour of the Waukegan, Illinois sites that are important in Ray Bradbury's life and work on his 100th birthday. To take the RBEM virtual tour of Ray's boyhood home of "Greentown", just click on the link below:
The Ray Bradbury Experience Museum in Waukegan, Illinois is now open on Thursdays, as well as by appointment. If you plan to be in the Chicago area and want to schedule a visit, you can do so by clicking on the link below:
From an e-mail received this morning from The Ray Bradbury Experience Museum (RBEM):
"Banned Books Week: September 27–October 3
In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury shows us a world where books are burned. Later, he warned, 'There are worse crimes than banning books. One of them is not reading them.' Join RBEM in celebrating books that were banned or challenged.
'Put Your Name on a Flame!'
Find your favorite banned or challenged book title in the ALA Banned Books from the American Library Association.
Submit your title and $10 donation. A flame with your name and title will be created and displayed at RBEM!"
To donate, just click on the link below:
The Ray Bradbury Experience Museum in Ray's hometown of Waukegan, Illinois is re-opening to the public on Saturday, June 5, 2021 with a program entitled, "Ray Bradbury & Moby Dick, with A Taste of Dandelion Wine." The program starts at 2 pm. For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be recorded and a viewing link later provided. For more information about the event, and to request tickets, click on the link below:
For those who may not have seen it before, attached below is a link to an interesting virtual presentation from the 2020 San Diego Comic-Con, "Ray Bradbury Goes to Hollywood", given by Orty Ortwein, a volunteer at the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum:
For those who could not make it to Waukegan's Ray Bradbury Experience Museum for its June 5, 2021 presentation of "Ray Bradbury & Moby Dick, With A Taste of Dandelion Wine", clicking on the link below will take you to a recording that was made of that talk:
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