About Us


Herrin Massacre Tours began in July 2014  Press release for the Herrin Massacre Tour in 2014

The company was created to provide quality historical and cultural tours, along with engaging events, showcasing Southern Illinois destinations. We focus on groundbreaking tours featuring famous characters, histories and stories such as the Herrin Massacre, the Shelton’s Special Wayne County Tour, and the Two Wars of the 20’s with the Klan, and famous prohibition gangsters: the Sheltons, and Charlie Birger. It seeks to promote tourism by encouraging visitor travel to the Southern Illinois region and outwards, as well as by engaging local visitors so that they, too, may have an adventure of discovery of their own region’s rich “treasures”!

We dare you to come….you might just find out something incredible.

SI Treasure Tours is a 501/c/3 registered as a not-for-profit in Illinois.


View More: http://hannahrussellphotography.pass.us/iasbcentennialAmy Erickson, CEO and Tour Organizer

Amy has a love for southern Illinois history, tourism, education and development. While at Dillinger’s Feed Store in Carbondale, Amy cultivated a love for preserving and interpreting historical assets. More recently, Amy traveled to East Africa, working directly with business people and educators in places known for conflict and genocide. Amy believes that our communities are unique and have a tradition of excellent businesses, organizations and individuals, and through interpreting our heritage, this appreciation can be enhanced. An elected School Board Member for Carbondale Elementary School District 95 (2011-2015), Amy also serves as President of CAPS educational 501/c/3. She has held roles in southern Illinois tourism with the Williamson County Tourism Bureau and Pavilion, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Association, and REDCO (Regional Economic Development Corporation). She received her degree in Tourism Management from John A Logan College and completed all Bachelors coursework for Business Management and Organizational and Professional Development (Eastern Illinois University). Amy also works as a Recreation Assistant and Tutor for students at Brehm Preparatory School.



JonMusgraveJon Musgrave, Board Member, Tour Guide

Jon is a southern Illinois historian, author and Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar and has served in various roles in journalism, communication, and tourism. Known for his writing on Southern Illinois’ often dramatic and exciting history. Jon Musgrave of IllinoisHistory.com has recently been focusing on the region’s turbulent history of the 1920s. He’s the co-author of both “Secrets of the Herrin Gangs” and “Inside the Shelton Gang” and he continues his research for a larger book about the “Warring 20s in Southern Illinois” which will include the details of the Herrin Massacre. He serves as chairman of the state’s Amistad Commission and a board member for the Illinois Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association. Jon has hosted historical tours for the latter group as well as Rend Lake College. He’s also a former executive director of the Williamson County Tourism Bureau and the Southern Illinois Tourism Development Office. He resides in Marion.



MariaHaffordMaria Hafford, Secretary, Board Member

With her Juris Doctor, a minor in History and a wealth of historical background, Maria is an outstanding team member of SI Treasure Tours. Maria has her own practice as an Attorney at Law specializing in Elder Law in her firm Hafford Elder Law Practice (H.E.L.P.). Her hobbies being reading fiction and history, flower gardening, exercising, and family and church activities. Causes are American Civil War battlefield preservation, animal welfare and rescue, and environmental preservation.



BrianFlathBrian Flath, Board Member

Brian graduated from Southern lllinois University 1997: Major was Journalism/Advertising; Minor in Sociology. Hobbies are running, golf, community volunteering, coaching little league baseball and spending time with family. Causes he is a member of are: Carterville Chamber of Commerce Executive Board and Ambassador Committee Chair; Herrin Chamber Ambassador committee; Rotary Club of the Carterville Area President; Knights of Columbus Council 10453 member.  Brian enjoys helping community organizations and give back to the communities that support me.  “If we all do our part, the work is not hard.”

Barbara Gomez, Treasurer, Board Member
Barb currently works for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service and for 11 years she served as office supervisor. She gained her Associates in Applied Science in Accounting and completed all coursework for in the Bachelors in Business Administartion program for American Intercontinental University. Barb loves to crochet and aspires to see everyone at the Farmers Market this year with her hand-made items!