WSIU's Listening Project: Bob Rea

Jul 20, 2016

This week WSIU's Listening Project features a history lesson with Bob Rea, President of the Franklin County Historic Preservation Society.   Bob talks about how coal became king in Franklin county and also describe some little know history that dates back more than 300 years.

More Listening Project History...

Jim Muir and Bob Rea talk about the history of Franklin County for WSIU's Listening Project
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Longtime Franklin County resident Jim Muir talks about the tragic coal mine explosion that took place on December 21, 1951 at the Orient #2 mine.

Franklin County's Civil War History...

Bob Rea recounts the county's Civil War history and its connection to John A. Logan as part of the Listening Project during the Benton Public Library's 100th Anniversary celebration.

WSIU's Listening Project is a special series that chronicles the history of our region by connecting people with place through oral history.

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