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Historian Mark Sorensen To Discuss Choice Of Writing Subjects At ‘Books Between Bites’ At Library March 6

Mark Sorensen

By Ruth Cortright

     Please join us March 6, 2024 at 12:15 – 1 p.m. in the Decatur Public Library’s Madden Auditorium for our monthly Books Between Bites review.
     HISTORICAL HEADLINES: FACT OR FICTION Mark W. Sorensen, Macon County’s Official Historian
     Illinois historian Mark Sorensen will discuss how he selected material to write about the “Trail of Death” and “Trail of Tears” native American journeys through Illinois in 1838 – 1839 which led him to study and report about the life of an enslaved mixed-race girl in Southern Illinois. He will include a reading of the children’s book about that girl, Priscilla’s Hollyhocks.
Mark is starting his 55th year in Decatur. A former teacher and archivist, he is a recipient of the Illinois State Historical Society’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” and the Illinois Humanities Council’s “Studs Terkel Service Award.”
     He was appointed Official Macon County Historian by the Macon County Board and currently serves as president of the Decatur Public Library Foundation.
     Books Between Bites is a free program at the Decatur Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Decatur Library.

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