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General Information

Name:  Cheryl Eichar Jett  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction

Born: in Jacksonville, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Jett is a lifelong resident of Illinois. She was born in Jacksonville, Illinois to musical parents, and grew up in several Central Illinois cities.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cheryl Eichar Jett is an author, historian, and blogger. After teaching music for many years, she returned to Southern Illinois University as a nontraditional student for a master's degree in history. 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.

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