New Book List Posted

One of our own society members, Helen Sutt Lind, has made her books available through our website. Helen has published numerous books detailing newspaper clippings, cemetery listings and historical county records for years. Now you can order directly from Helen and help support her research. These books are invaluable reference tools for genealogical and historical research.

Helen’s book list can be accessed from the Book Store Index page or you can go directly to it here:

Helen Sutt Lind’s Book List

Herrin Area Historical Society to Encore “Looking Back”

HAHS August Meeting Flyer BLOG 1

The Herrin Area Historical Society will be hosting an encore of “Looking Back.”  The presentation is a nostalgic look back into Herrin’s rich history via a slide show of over 100 photographs depicting Herrin in its early days.

The event will be held on Friday, August 15th at 6 P.M. in the Tony Galenas meeting room of the Herrin City Library. Membership is not required to attend the showing.

Membership in the organization for 2014 dues is $25 per person and $35 for couple memberships should you desire to join.


P.O. Box 127

Herrin, Illinois 62948

Monthly Historical Articles to Appear in Local Paper

The Williamson County Historical Society was recently contacted by the new managing editor, Jim Rodenbush, of the Marion Daily Republican about the possibility of raising the visibility of the society and the museum. As a result, we will be furnishing the Daily Republican with a monthly article related to the history of Williamson County that will run 500 to 600 words each.

In addition, Rodenbush was impressed with our sister site,, related to the history of Marion Illinois and will be extracting the articles from that site to publish a weekly column entitled “Looking Back.” The Marion site is operated by Sam Lattuca, a board member with the WCHS, and has been in operation for almost two years. The site contains over 300 biographies of Marion citizens, over 2,000 photos and innumerable articles about historical events, organizations, businesses, city government and churches. The site also contains business and street directories of Marion ranging from 1876 to 1980 spanning almost 100 years.

Lattuca encourages anyone with historical data related to Marion or the county of Williamson to contact us using the Contact Us tab on this or the Marion site and consider sharing the information.

To visit the Marion Illinois History Preservation site, click here.

First Herrin Massacre Tour Successful, July 16, 2014

The Herrin Massacre Tour was conducted successfully on July 16, 2014. The tour was the first of its kind and hopefully will foreshadow many other types of historic tours to come. The tour kicked off at the Williamson County Historical Society Museum at 9:30 and headed for the old historic train station in Carbondale where the incoming laborers headed for the Lester mine were picked up in 1922. The next stop was along old route 13 at the Jackson and Williamson County line where the first ambush occurred on route to the mine. Interestingly, the old road had just been concreted and turned into a hard road when this event occurred.

After a stop at an old coal mine in Herrin, the Coal Miners Memorial and the Herrin Cemetery, the next stop was at Crenshaw Crossing northwest of Marion and then on to the Vault Restaurant, site of the old Hotel State and Marion State and Savings Bank where the 27 tour members were  served lunch. After lunch, the group toured the Williamson County museum where the defendants of the Herrin Massacre were jailed and held for trial.

Guides who discussed the events at each leg of the journey were available and one of the tour organizers and local history author, Jon Musgrave, provided ongoing historical commentary throughout the tour. Other organizers Amy Erickson and Twila Cooper helped served as aides and guides throughout the tour as well.

The tour was responded to with overwhelming popularity resulting in a backlog of potential tourists wanting to take the tour. As a result, another tour is being planned for August 16th in addition to the already planned tour next Saturday on July 25th.

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