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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael G. Matejka  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: St.Louis, Mo.

-- Michael G. Matejka on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Michael Matejka lives in Bloomington, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

A Bloomington alderman, community activist, author, and historian, Mr. Matejka has been an active volunteer in numerous humanities projects in Bloomington. In addition to his service as a member of the McLean County Historical Society Board, he has worked on exhibits at the Historical Society, including, "Made in McLean County." He also developed a traveling museum exhibit as part of the Illinois Fire Fighter History Project, the subject of his most recent book. He travels around the state giving lectures as an Illinois Humanities Council "Road Scholar".

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Bloomington's C & A Shops: Our Lives Remembered (Transactions of the McLean County Historical Society, Vol 9)
ISBN: 0943788048

University of Illinois Press. 1988

Fascinating collection of oral histories from the men and women who worked in the Chicago and Alton Railroad shops in Bloomington, Illinois. Their stories cover the years from 1900-1972, spanning steam and diesel, and only end when the C&A's owner, the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio, was folded into the Illinois Central. The book is lavishly illustrated with pictures of the shops, the workers and management. 162 pages with index.

Fiery struggle: Illinois fire fighters build a union, 1901-1985
ISBN: 088286260X

Illinois Labor History Society. 2002


The Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award, 2002

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