From Christmas to Twelfth Night in Southern Illinois

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Journey to a region where all the perennials are said to bloom at midnight on Christmas Eve and where a family's luck is determined by the first person to walk through their door on New Year's Day. Spend a literary Christmas in Herrin, listen to the twelve bells of Belleville ring out the coming year and greet the Three Kings of Germantown at Epiphany. Whether you are a newcomer to southern Illinois or whether you feel like you have been singing "La Guiannee" since the tradition started in Prairie du Rocher in 1720, join John J. Dunphy for a season of sacred memories and merry recollections.
ISBN: 9781596299139
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Images: 40
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 5.5 (w) x 8.5 (h)
Born in Alton, Illinois, and now residing in the village of Godfrey, John J. Dunphy is a summa cum laude graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and attended that university's graduate school on an academic fellowship. He is a member of the SIUE School of Education's Academy of Fellows and also serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the SIUE School of Education. Dunphy has written hundreds of articles for magazines and newspapers. His books include Lewis and Clark's Illinois Volunteers, It Happened at the River Bend and Dark Nebulae, as well as several chapbooks of haiku poetry. He taught writing at Lewis and Clark Community College for almost a decade and owns the Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, Illinois. Visit him in cyberspace at and
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