The Downers Grove Public Library Foundation invites you to save the date for an afternoon of conversation with the esteemed Dr. Dieter Gruen, a Downers Grove resident, famed Manhattan Project scientist and longtime Friends of the Library President. Born in Germany in 1922, Dr. Gruen left his homeland of Germany to earn degrees in chemistry and physics from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. He was a member of the Manhattan Project team at the Oak Ridge site and worked at Argonne National Laboratory for over 60 years. In 2021, he was nominated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Join the Foundation for an afternoon of history with this fascinating individual. Local journalist Bob Rakow will emcee the event with Downers Grove Public Library Foundation director Anne Wick moderating.

Date: Saturday, September 14
Time: 2:00pm
Location: The Avery Coonley School Auditorium (1400 Maple Avenue)

This will be a ticketed event. Tickets are available for purchase via GiveButter.

The DGPL Foundation funds #ExtraordinaryGifts beyond traditional expense and taxpayer support—including the Social Work Program, free & accessible public art, expanded DGPL Summer Reading prizes, and so much more—for the library we all love.

Can’t make it? Consider making a donation to help us support the library as a place for everyone to discover, grow, play, and learn.

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