Cheryl Eichar Jett

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General Information

Name: Cheryl Eichar Jett

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction

Born: in Jacksonville, Illinois


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Jett is a lifelong resident of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cheryl Eichar Jett is an author, historian, and blogger. She was born in Jacksonville, Illinois to musical parents, and grew up in several Central Illinois cities. After teaching music for many years, she returned to Southern Illinois University as a nontraditional student for a master's degree in history. A stint at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site followed as well as freelance work with historical and arts-oriented nonprofits. Her first book, "Alton," was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2009, followed by four more books on Illinois history. She also writes on Route 66 for several magazines. Cheryl was one of the founding board members in 2004 of the Illinois Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and now serves on the City of Edwardsville's Historic Preservation Commission. An avid genealogist, she also enjoys travel, and music, and when not at the computer can be spotted out on Route 66 looking for a good story.

Published Works

Alton, IL, Arcadia, 2009

Edwardsville, Arcadia, 2009

Route 66 in Madison County, Arcadia, 2010

Rt. 66 in Springfield, Arcadia, 2010

Route 66 in Illinois , Arcadia, 2014

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Edwardsville (Postcard History)

ISBN: 0738560189
Release Date: 2009-09-30

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Route 66 in Springfield (Images of America) (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing))

ISBN: 0738583766
Release Date: 2010-09-20

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Route 66 in Illinois (Images of America)

ISBN: 1467111945
Release Date: 2014-06-09

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

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External Links

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Cheryl Eichar Jett on Amazon


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