Union Stockyard Gate to be Dedicated a Literary Landmark – June 23, 2005

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The Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) has announced that the Union Stockyard Gate will be added to the organizations roster of Literary Landmarks on Thursday, June 23, 2005.

The Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) has announced that the Union Stockyard Gate will be added to the organizations roster of Literary Landmarks on Thursday, June 23, 2005. The landmark will commemorate the centennial of the novel, "The Jungle," by Upton Sinclair. The book exposed the unsanitary conditions of the meatpacking industry and is said to have influenced President Theodore Roosevelt in passing the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906.

The novel chronicles Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant, in his quest for the American Dream in the filthy Chicago stockyards. The novel has become required reading for many American high school students. The ceremony will take place at 2p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2005 at the Union Stockyard Gate, Exchange Avenue at Peoria Street. Joining the Friends of Libraries U.S.A. will be representatives of the Lithuanian American Council, The United Food and Commercial Workers, The Food and Drug Administration, the Illinois Center for the Book and officials from the City of Chicago.

Friends of Libraries U.S.A. is a membership organization of more than two thousand individual and group members. Our mission is to motivate and support local Friends groups across the country in their efforts to preserve and strengthen libraries.

For Further Information contact Sally Reed at 1-800-9FOLUSA or Rocco Staino at 914-475-3857.

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