Friday, May 19, 2017

May Program- 1925 Tri-State Tornado


            Angela Mason, author of Death Rides the Sky:  The Story of the 1925 Tri-State Tornado, will be the guest speaker at the Lawrence County Historical Society on Monday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m., at the History Center on the corner of 12th and State in Lawrenceville. 

Mason’s book, now in its second edition, details the worst tornado disaster in U.S. history.  In the early afternoon of March 18, 1925, the tornado was first sighted in Shannon County, Missouri.  The tornado moved east, crossing the Mississippi, and continued across southern Illinois, until it then crossed the Wabash River into Indiana, finally dissipating near Petersburg.  Over the course of 3-1/2 hours, the tornado travelled 220 miles, killing 695 persons, injuring more than 2,000, and destroying 15,000 homes.

Mason tells the story through the eyes of those who experienced it – the survivors, many of whom were children when the tornado swept down, whose lives were forever changed.

Copies of Mason’s book will be available for purchase and signed by the author.  The program is free and open to the public.