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InFocus: Cairo volunteers hope to preserve history

Courtesy of The Cairo Historical Preservation Project, Inc
Cairo Historical Preservation Projects
Courtesy of The Cairo Historical Preservation Project, Inc

Preserving some of the historical buildings in Cairo Illinois is the focus of a public event in Cairo planned for Saturday May 14th, 2022.

Charles McGinnis is the Board President of the Cairo Historical Association, which owns and operates Magnolia Manor, and he says he would like to see an increase in history tourism, and says if you don't understand your past history, you could make the same mistakes in the future.

In this feature, we will also hear from Cairo native Robin Patterson, one of the board members of the Cairo Historical Preservation Project.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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