Local author Mary Haney will sign her book Camp Ellis: Once a City -- Not Forgotten at New Copperfield's Book Service, Macomb on Saturday, July 22 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.
In the mist of World War II, a rural community became the center of an unlikely phenomenon. Seemingly overnight in 1942, a massive American Army Service Forces Unit Training Center and prisoner-of-war camp arose in a quiet central Illinois farming community to become Camp Ellis.
For Mary Radosevich Haney, a teenager at the time, the camp provided employment, entertainment, and valuable lessons that changed her life forever. Mary recalls her incredible journey through the "Swamp" that evolved into one of the largest training camps in the United States. She recounts her memories of life at Camp Ellis, including the personnel, the camp events, and the POWs. Not only was Mary there to see Camp Ellis rise out of the muddy swamp, she also witnessed its abrupt disappearance.
The remains of the vast city have all but vanished; however to Mary, and those who were touched by it, Camp Ellis is a city that is "gone but not forgotten."
The event is free. Everyone is invited.