Shawnee National Forest continues its series of special programs to commemorate its 80th anniversary of being proclaimed a national forest, with a free program at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Craft and Antique Mall in Rosiclare.

Attendees will learn about Shawnee National Forest history and the many efforts made by dedicated residents of southern Illinois that were instrumental in the creation of the only national forest in Illinois.

The program includes a presentation by Mary McCorvie, heritage program manager about the early history of the forest, as well as a special showing of The Land Changes, a historical film featuring the Shawnee National Forest.

First produced in 1957 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, this historic film features a newspaper man as he explains how worn out farmland can become an asset and how national forests are improved through reforestation, protection and proper management.

Both starring roles were played by Shawnee National Forest employees: Leonard "Len" Farmer, a clerk and dispatcher at Elizabethtown Ranger Station, played the newspaper man, while Lindal Roberts, a forestry aide, worked in the Jonesboroe Ranger Station.

The 1957 film will be accompanied by a showing of short vignettes highlighting the early Ozark Tours led by L.O. Trigg.

Light refreshments will be served following the program and were made possible via donation.

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