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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Virginia Ruth Wagoner-Rackley  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1925 in Mattoon, Illinois

-- Virginia Ruth Wagoner-Rackley on WorldCat --

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Illinois Connection

* Born in Mattoon, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Virginia Rackley was born in central Illinois, the third child of 12 and the eldest daughter. She learned early that an industrious nature and a cheerful outlook were essential to her survival. At the age of fifteen, she watched her family shatter, and she was suddenly, in 1942, separated from her siblings. She would work to reconnect with her family, and, in large measure, succeeded. In 1997, she coauthored ''Ten Sisters: A True Story'' and later, ''Ten Little Sisters''. She continues to live with her family in central Illinois. She is featured in the award-winning PBS short documentary on the Ten Sisters (Prairie Fire - PBS WILL) which won a Gracie Allen Award in 2004. She is featured in a full-length PBS documentary, Ten Sisters: A True Story DVDs are available through PBS WILL 217 333 1070. The story of the Ten Sisters was also featured in Family Circle Magazine, and three newspaper articles about the ten sisters won awards for journalism.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) '''Contact Information ''' Doris Wenzel Mayhaven Publishing (217) 586-4493

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