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Reception Highlights Traveling Museum Exhibit

October 15, 2009

Contact:  Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator and SIRIS Director,
(618) 453-6148, [ ]

Carbondale, IL - WSIU and the Centralia Area Historical Museum will host a reception for the traveling exhibit, Mapping the Trail of Tears through Southern Illinois, on Monday, October 19 at 7pm at the museum, located at 240 South Locust in Centralia, Illinois. The event is sponsored by WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm for Southern Illinois University Carbondale; the Shawnee National Forest; and the Illinois Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association in conjunction with a grant from WETA.

Gary Hacker, board member of the Illinois Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, will speak about his research to uncover the original trail and historic structures located in Johnson County.

The reception is one of several community events sponsored by WSIU and partners to raise awareness of the National Historic Trail of Tears, the path taken by the Cherokee during their forced migration west in the 1830s. WSIU's local initiative, “Touch the Trail,” focuses on the regional connection to the National Park Service through the National Historic Trails System and the National Historic Trail of Tears. These events are held in association with the release of the Ken Burns' documentary series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea.

For more information, call (618) 545-0657 on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday from 10am to 4pm. You may also contact WSIU Outreach Coordinator Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148 or

About WSIU
WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. It operates three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a website, local TV and FM production units, and an education and community outreach department - reaching more than three million people across five states and beyond. WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Visit for more information.

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