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Local Author Mae Catherine Godhigh to Present “Up South” in November

Author and presenter Mae Catherine Godhigh will present a program entitled “Up South” on Thursday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m. for the Peoria County Genealogical Society (PCGS) in person at Peoria Public Library North Branch 3001 West Grand Parkway and remotely over Zoom.

The presentation is open to the public and free of charge. To register to view this program from home, visit and click the meeting link. The program at the library will be presented in person by Godhigh and broadcast over Zoom, so those who wish can enjoy the program in either format.

Mae Catherine Godhigh is a contributing writer for the Peoria Traveler Weekly newspaper. A native of Peoria, Illinois, she is the eldest of six children in a black working-class family. As a child, she displayed an early interest in literature. She made her debut as a Christian author in 2010 with her first book, Back Porch Watermelon. In 2012, she published her second book, Articles of a Church Predator. Two of her books are listed on the international market. After the publication of her third book, Uncle Peaches & Nem’ Poetry Café Au lait Volume 1, she gained the attention of both critics and a wider audience for her unerring ear for dialogue, and her poetically charged and richly expressive depictions of Black America.

The Peoria County Genealogical Society was founded in 1973 to promote the study of genealogy and preserve genealogical records primarily in Peoria County. It offers a regular series of educational programs that are open to the public as well as special interest group meetings, research assistance, and an archive of records for members.

The society’s educational programs regularly attract, not only local participants, but also genealogical researchers from across the United States. PCGS provides an opportunity to connect with others interested in genealogy and local history and a chance to volunteer on local preservation projects. Cemetery preservation, assistance to Peoria County libraries in purchasing needed genealogical materials, and opportunities to explore new methods such as genetic genealogy are also projects of PCGS.

The PCGS website offers resources and information to the public as well as members. Membership in the society is offered at $30.00 a year.

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