When: Sun., Aug. 28 2011
Those wondering about the distinction between hobos, tramps, and bums are in luck this weekend: historian Paul Durica clues you in at the “Hobo College” (originally founded by a local anarchist in 1908) as part of the annual Pullman Hobo Fest—yes, featuring actual hobos, who come each year after the National Hobo Convention in Iowa. It begins Saturday with a 2 PM block party (113th and Champlain) and overnight camping on the grounds of the old Pullman factory building (111th and Cottage Grove), and continues today from 2 PM on the same grounds. In addition to Durica’s talk, Tina Wald will discuss her book Railroad Man: The Legend of Lil’ Jay, and railroad buffs Charles Paidock and Mike Lee give a presentation on high-speed rail. Folk music and hobo storytelling start at 3 PM and continue until dusk; mulligan stew will also be served.