That is what I thought when the
local Historical Society said they were having a
Press Conference and wanted me there!
I have NEVER been to a Press Conference,
let alone presented at one!
This is conjunction with the
150th Anniversary of the Charleston IL Riot
I have been telling you about.
I am the Chairperson, I have never been a
Chairperson of a historical event, let alone a
3 day event and one in a town I don't live in!
I immediately called my hair dresser for a cut!
Here I am, not the best picture taken by someone there,
but that is OK!
If you would like to hear the audio and my voice,
you can go to WRJM
I luckily made the 2 hr drive, they had a snow storm the
night before, so the TV stations did not come,
guess they were on the overpasses!
You can also read about it at the local paper
Randy who is doing the Civil War Encampment and
Reenactment was there with his son all dressed in
their military uniforms
Sam and Randy
The reason for the Press Conference was
that the Illinois Historical Society announced they are having their
2014 History Symposium in conjunction with
So we just moved from a local commemoration
to a State Wide event!
I have so much to do over the next year,
but we started planning in October 2011.
I will tap my heels and just saying
"I think I can, I think I can"
We even have someone writing a play for us,
it will be based on Dennis Hanks going to
Washington to ask for a pardon for the
Riot participants (my family).
Do you think we can get Tom Hanks to
come play his ancestor? ha!
I was even more excited when I was told
my Great Great Grandfather WILL be in the play!
His name is in the letter from Dennis to then
I bet ole Young Ewing Winkler is giving
me a wink from heaven