Program looks to promote city’s history, businesses
By Andrea Earnest | Bugle Staff
Lockport resident and World War II veteran Dorothy Worst was one of the first women to join the war effort. Her story is just one of the notable moments in Lockport history highlighted in the Summer Art Series 2015.
The city of Lockport has partnered with local organizations to design collector cards that have been scattered around town in an effort to attract visitors and promote Lockport’s history.
A total of 41 cards have been designed by six acclaimed artists from Lockport to London, including Tattoo City and Flower of Life Gallery owner Larry Brogan and Lockport Mayor Steve Streit. Other artists include Katie Blanchard, Ed Smith, Adam Fabianski and Michael Fyles.
The project is an initiative by Lockport’s Summer Art Series Committee to create family-fun programming that invites groups to explore all their city has to offer. Businesses and local organizations had the option to sponsor a card and be included in the scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt was created by the Summer Art Series committee to engage Lockport residents and visitors and to learn some history. The scavenger hunt continues through Aug. 31.
Wendy Streit, chairwoman of the Summer Art Series Committee, said she and Lockport’s mayor wanted to create a fun, educational program that accomplished four goals: promote Lockport to Chicagoland, help retain businesses, engage younger residents and introduce them to the city’s history, and be fun at the same time.
Streit added that many comments were made about how much fun the scavenger hunt was and how it was a good way for kids and their families to learn.
The Summer Art Series’ scavenger hunt kicked things off last week. State Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, and Rep. Emily McAsey, D-Lockport, were among area officials who participated in the event, which introduced attendees to the artists.
A luncheon event was held for officials and members of the media to cover the scavenger hunt and tour through Lockport.
Streit said the senator and representative joined the tour and also greeted various business owners along the way.
Worst and her family attended the July 7 event and brought a scrapbook of her time in the army. All 41 cards are on display in full size on the third floor of the Gaylord building for viewing purpose. At the event, Worst was introduced to her card for the first time.
There is a special card, #41, that is only available at the Summer Art Series Pop-Up Shopping tent during celebration weekend July 31 – Aug. 2.
All of the cards feature both fictional and nonfictional characters in a dystopian universe set in 1895.
The back of the cards includes a fictional story of the characters. The true story of the characters and a digital map can be found on the Summer Art Series website at, summerartseries.com/scavenger-hunt.
Scavenger hunt maps are available at city hall and the Lockport branch of the White Oak Library, 121 E. Eighth St., Lockport.