The Story of Pope County, Illinois 1797 - 1937


This endeavor began in the fall of 2011 following the loss of Mildred B. McCormick, a beloved county historian and retired educator. Mildred was a treasure; an irreplaceable source of stories and facts about the people of Pope County and its nearly 200 years of history. 

Mildred gave us a remarkable legacy on which to draw inspiration for this documentary. She published dozens of articles in Springhouse Magazine and hundreds of Fifty Years Ago Today columns for the Herald Enterprise newspaper. Families from throughout the nation contacted Mildred for help locating information about their Pope County ancestors.

This documentary will focus on Pope County history and use Mildred's research and writing to enrich the storytelling. 

Mildred Barger McCormick

Mildred Barger McCormick