In 1975 a project to commemorate the American Revolution Bicentennial was undertaken by the Centralia Public Library. The result is this collection of oral histories created by local residents who talk about their personal experiences and their family histories. Topics covered include: Education, railroading, oil industry, mining (including the story of the Number 5 mine disaster), agriculture, businesses, churches, and ethnic groups.
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Materials in this collection are made available by the Centralia Regional Library District. To request reproductions or inquire about permissions, contact: Centralia Regional Library District, 515 East Broadway, Centralia, IL 62801-3298, (618) 532-5222. Please cite the item title and collection name. Digitization of this collection was developed pursuant to a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, an Office of the Secretary of State using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act .