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L. Haas Museum
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Length: 7:21

InFocus travels to the L. Haas Museum, located at 219 East Main in Carmi, Illinois and a part of the White County Historical Society. Housed in the L. Haas Store, which was built in 1896 (and renovated in 2001), the museum boasts a variety of unusual items, including Native American artifacts, photographs, and vintage clothing. It also displays the hanging tools of farmer George Philip Hanna (Phil Hanna), who presided over executions in the early 20th century, including the hanging of 1920s-era gangster, Charlie Birger. Often referred to as the "humane hangman", Hanna helped to change the way executions were carried out so that condemned persons would suffer minimal pain.

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Link To video segment: Episode: 333