Writing Historic Tales

Grand Prairie Stories--Family Book Series

For several years the museum published a family book series using artifacts in the museum's collection. These four center on families in East Central Illinois.

 By Thy Rivers Gently Flowing It is through her great-great-great-grandmother's journal that Beth discovers Elizabeth and Joseph's journey as they travel from Pennsylvania to Illinois by Conestoga wagon.

In The Albany Cutter Karl and Christina, immigrants from Sweden, work hard on a special surprise all year only to find they are the ones who are surprised on Christmas Day.

A Celebration For Grandmother Alice reveals the connection between ourselves and people we have never met. Lavinia will never meet the woman who has supplied the silk to the Illinois store where she buys it but because of her, Lavinia and her family will be able to make the 4th of July celebration a special one for Grandmother Alice.

Echoes From Holly Springs
tells the story of Private Quentin Marshfield, a Civil War soldier who gets caught unaware by the Confederates and must depend on enslaved African Americans to help him survive.


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