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JCHS to host “Cyclone” presentation


The Jefferson County Historical Society will host “Cyclone,” a presentation by Brian Alvis and Robbie Edwards at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 in the Schweinfurth Museum at the Historical Village.

This event will be a preview of the upcoming book Cyclone from author Brian L. Alvis and photographer Robbie Edwards. Some locals blamed the 1888 tornado that destroyed Mt. Vernon, Illinois on a witch named Black Annie. Alvis and Edwards are not only going to tell her story, but they have gathered all the urban legends about witches from southern and central Illinois. Learn about all these amazing characters, plus get a sneak peek at some of the photos that will be in the book.

“We’ve taken all the urban legends and myths about witches in southern and central Illinois and brought them to life with Robbie’s camera. Join us for a presentation that will blow you away,” said Brian Alvis, author.

Growing up in the small village of Kell in Southern Illinois, Brian Alvis showed an interest in the arts at an early age. Brian’s first publication came in a local magazine, and later he self-published a short story, teaming up with photographer Robbie Edwards. They released their second book, Bootlegger, in 2019. It’s about the Rose Gang, a fictional family of moonshiners that tangle with Charlie Birger and all the crazy characters from the 1920’s.

“The JCHS is looking forward to welcoming local author Brian Alvis and local photographer Robbie Edwards back to the Village. The tornado of 1888 has such an important place in Jefferson County History. Brian and Robbie are sure to have an educational and entertaining program,” said Dana Uhls, JCHS community relations specialist.

This program is provided free of charge but donations are appreciated. The Jefferson County Historical Village is located at 1411 North 27th Street in Mt. Vernon. For more information contact the Historical Society office at 618-246-0033.

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