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The Hobo Convention


From the 1880’s to the 1940’s, hobos were a part of American life, with up to 250,000 travelers on the road at one time. Most saw them as honest, honorable people caught in extraordinary times. All would agree, however, that the railroads crisscrossing this country were the lifeblood of every hobo.  Hobo signs were their secret language: they gave direction and advice to the savvy traveler, including where to find food, water, a place to sleep and possibly work. Based on these signs, hobos could tell how they would be received by a home owner, the police, a community or even a dog. The meanings of hobo signs reflect all sides of transient life, from the honorable to the unsavory.  These signs also tell the story of what it took to survive as a hobo* (GoUpstate.com, The Hobo Quilt Dedication). As they traveled, they often sojourned in camps, called jungles. There was just such a jungle outside Valley Falls in the 1930’s. The Library invites you and your child to become a member of the hobo subculture for a day and learn about this important part of American history.

Registration for the Convention on October 14th is required, and space is limited to 20 children, so register early!! Children must be accompanied by an adult. You can pick up your registration form at the library. The fee is $5.00/child, or $7.00/family. Registrations must be received by 10/3/17. 

Registration forms can be picked up at the library, or downloaded here:  HoboConvention2017

For more information, contact Janet Weber at jweber6131@aol.com or call 753-6131.