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Events will commemorate 25th anniversary of 1990 Plainfield tornado

A memorial marks the path of destruction left the 1990 Plainfield tornado.
A memorial marks the path of destruction left the 1990 Plainfield tornado.

PLAINFIELD – Several events are being held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1990 tornado that killed 29 people and damaged or destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

• 3 p.m. Friday – Plainfield Tornado Memorial at Fort Beggs Street and Pratt Lane. Mayor Michael Collins, Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, Rev. David Medow, Rev. Kristen Larsen will speak on the tornado event. Former Mayor Mary Latta will read the names of the 29 tornado victims as area churches toll their bells.

• 4 to 6 p.m. Friday – Plainfield Central High School auditorium at 24120 W. Fort Beggs St. Meteorologists Steve Baskerville, Tom Skilling and Paul Sirvatka will discuss storm chasing and the impact of the tornado, and answer questions about the event.

• 1 to 6 p.m. – Saturday, Plainfield Historical Society Main Street Museum at 23836 W. Main St. Special exhibit will contain articles and memorabilia.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or regular hours), Aug. 20 through Nov. 20, Joliet Area Historical Museum at 204 Ottawa St., Joliet. An "Eight Minutes in August" exhibit includes physical artifacts, still images, reporter's notepads and a documentary viewing.

• "Tornado Collection" on the Plainfield Public Library website at http://plainfieldpubliclibrary.org/resources/tornado-collection.aspx. The library gathered more photos and oral accounts of the tornado, which was scheduled to be posted to the web page Thursday.

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