Polk School Information

The school runs from May 3 – 7, 2017 at the Pere Marquette Lodge, Grafton, IL

PM front door

Travel to the Polk School

Driving Times to Pere Marquette (times are approximate). Parking is free at the Lodge.

  • Chicago 5 1⁄2 hours
  • St. Louis 1 hour
  • Indianapolis 4 hours

If traveling from Chicago, we recommend you take Amtrak to Alton, Illinois. We will be providing round trip free shuttle service to/from Pere Marquette. We will only be offering one trip each way.

Please reserve train seats ASAP on the following trains:

  • Coming Soon!

Reservations are required for the shuttle and Amtrak.
TRAIN: You can make reservations online at www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

FREE SHUTTLE: Please email us at reginavpolk@gmail.com to reserve a shuttle seat.

Carpool                                                                                                                                                                We have set up a carpooling website. If you are willing to carpool, please sign up to offer a seat in your car. If you need a ride, please check the carpool site for available rides.                   To sign up go to: Coming Soon!

Flying in?                                                                                                                                                            We recommend you fly into St. Louis if you are flying. It is the closest airport.


Program Schedule

  • Coming Soon!

Illinois Labor History Society Book Sale

lucy parsons

Stephanie Seawell Fortado will be at the Polk School this year talking about the importance of supporting the Illinois Labor History Society as well as selling a great selection of books related to women and work. So come prepared to shop!
For more in what ILHS does and how to become a member, please check out their website at http://www.illinoislaborhistory.org/

Studs Terkel talking about Lucy Parsons