Friday, August 17, 2007

Playing tourist

I went to a Toastmasters meeting in Omaha a few weeks ago and discovered this “Monument to Labor” nearby. It’s located on the riverbank behind the Quest Center, for those of you who know your way around.
According to the information plaque, the figures are about eight feet tall and the monument is meant to be a “salute to the dedication and hard work of those who built the grand city of Omaha.” A walking path along the river displays plaques that “reflect the significant influence and commitment of Organized Labor in greater Omaha.” It is the second largest monument to labor in the US.
II felt dwarfed by the whole thing. If you look closely, you’ll see that one of the laborers is a woman.


Mary Connealy said...

I'd like to hear more about the Toastmasters, Janell. I seriously considered doing somethign like that. I even hunted around for a group, like in Sioux City, so I'd get over this insane fear I have of public speaking before my book came out.
But of course, I was too scared to ever go through with it.
How'd you find the group? What's it like?

Myrnagj said...

Those sculptures are amazing.

Great photography too.