The New Berlin Area Historical Society is sponsoring an afternoon with southern Illinois historian and local author Taylor Pensoneau. Pensoneau will be speaking about The Shelton Gang and Black Charlie Harris, notorious Pond Creek outlaws who dominated life in rural Wayne County and other parts of the state from the 1920s to the early 1950s. All made headlines throughout the nation, and Harris eventually landed on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.
Pensoneau of New Berlin is the author of six books, including Brothers Notorious: The Sheltons, Dapper and Deadly - The True Story of Black Charlie Harris, and The Summer of '50. These three books will be available for purchase as a fund-raising event for the society.
The afternoon will provide a fun opportunity for all history and gangster buffs to participate in a "Gangster and Pals Rendezvous." In keeping with the theme, clothing from the Roaring Twenties and the 1930s will be worn, and vintage vehicles will be on display. Those attending are encouraged to participate in the fun by dressing in vintage attire. Drinks will be available, and light refreshments will be served.