The Johnson County Genealogical and Historical Society will meet on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m. at the Vienna Public Library. The meeting is open to the public.

A special program is being presented by Rick Allen. The presentation is entitled "Ordinary People: Extraordinary War -- Personal Stories of the American Civil War."

"Too often, when we discuss or study the Civil War, we examine larger than life people such as Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant or Abraham Lincoln," said Janet Hacketer, spokesperson for the society. "Yet it was the average American citizen who fought and endured the extreme hardship brought about by that devastating conflict. Unfortunately their stories are too often lost to history. Listen as Rick Allen relates some of those he has uncovered."

Allen is a resident of Johnson County. He holds a master's degree in history, teaches college history courses at Southeast Missouri State University, has participated in national historical and genealogical institutes/conferences for over 25 years and has conducted extensive local historical and genealogical research.

Allen was editor of The Saga of Southern Illinois from 2006 to 2012 for the Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois. He specializes in researching antebellum America, the records of southern Illinois and solving "brick wall" genealogical problems.

For additional information or information on the activities of the society, call 618-771-6877.

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