"Letters from Liberty"

May 21, 2014

Welcome to this edition of Southern Illinois Wonders!   150 years ago the United States remained embroiled in the civil war.  To mark the sesquicentennial, the special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University's Morris Library is showcasing a collection of letters; correspondence between a union soldier from southern Illinois and his wife.  

The library’s Aaron Lisec  and Judy Simpson provide an insightful peek into our past through the "Letters from Liberty."

Aaron Lisec and Judy Simpson with SIU’s Morris Library.  Letters from Liberty, the correspondence between John Mann and his wife Nancy Clendenin Mann are available to read on line or at the special collections research center through the end of May.   Liberty, Illinois in Randolph County was eventually renamed Rockwood following the Civil War.

Southern Illinois Wonders is produced in collaboration with the Illinois humanities Council, a non profit organization that fosters cultural vitality in communities throughout the state.  More information on line at www.prairie.org.

Theme music for Southern Illinois Wonders is provided by Robert Bowlin.