Russell County a Big
The Heritage of Russell
County, Alabama book was distributed the weekend of July 25-27, and
initial reaction has been very good. Nearly 100 books have been sold since
the day of distribution, and local papers provided solid coverage to the
event and the book itself. Books are still available for purchase in the
Genealogical Room at the Russell County-Phenix City Library.
Congratulations to the
Heritage of Russell County Book Committee on a successful project, and
thank you for all the hard work you put into the book.
Geneva County Book
supporter passes away
Lamar Beck, one of the
driving forces in the success of The Heritage of Geneva County, Alabama
Book, has passed away. He died on Aug. 7, and we all ask that you keep his
family in your prayers. Mr. Beck was instrumental in helping develop and
complete the Geneva County book, and his legacy lives on even after his
passing. In his will, his estate purchased 20 copies of the Geneva County
book to be given to libraries in surrounding areas.
We all appreciate the work
that Mr. Beck has done in Geneva County, both with this book project and
with countless other community projects. He will be greatly missed.
Coming off press in
Two books -- The Heritage
of Covington County, Alabama and The Heritage of Houston County, Alabama
-- are expected to come off press in September. Be sure and check your
e-mail for separate announcements on these two new books in the Heritage
of Alabama Series.
Santa Rosa still going
The Heritage of Santa Rosa
County, Florida Book Committee believes all of its books will be sold out
in September, and they are on schedule to do just that. The initial
distribution happened on June 20, and there are less than 80 books
Preorders for a reprint
will be taken just as soon as all first printings are sold. The committee
is also considering collecting stories for a second volume in January
David Bice will hold two
book signings of his latest work, Southern Smiles & Tears, in West
Virginia Aug. 22-23.
The first will be at the
Curiosity Shoppe in Old Main Plaza, St. Albans, W.V.
The next evening, he will sign books at the Scarlet Oaks Country Club in
The book has also been
juried by a committee of published authors, who recommended it be made
available for sale at the Tamarack System in West Virginia. Tamarack is
the prime state outlet for Artisans, Authors and Crafters in West
Update on Series Status
We have completed and
published 57 of the 67 county books in the State of Alabama. The following
print schedule for remaining books is tentative and subject to change
based on our printer's requirements and restrictions:
Butler, Covington, Houseom
and Macon Counties are expected off press this fall.
Bullock County is expected off press in January of 2004.
Dallas, Lowndes, Monroe, Sumter and Washington Counties are expected off
press in early 2004.
Florida Books Update
Escambia, Jackson and
Okaloosa Counties are expected to be printed this fall.
Paul Keane will be working
on Memorials, Tributes and Business Histories -- along with working on
promoting distribution dates and submitting press releases to local media
outlets -- in Escambia and Okaloosa Counties, Fla.; Butler, Macon and
Houston Counties, Alabama.
If you know of any business
or individual that would like to purchase a Memorial, Tribute or Business
History, simply e-mail the name, phone number and e-mail address to
firstname.lastname@example.org. We can and will
help develop and build the page to fit the needs and budget of anyone.
We have begun book
committees for Hill County, Texas; Holmes County, Florida; and Washington
County, Florida. If you know anyone in those areas, please encourage them
to submit their stories in the next few months so those committees can get
the ball rolling on their projects. Tell people in those areas to be on
the lookout for special announcements about upcoming meetings.
The manuscript for the
Folsom, Louisiana book is to be completed by David Bice in December, with
the book printed in May 2004.
First Baptist Church of
Brownfield, Texas will complete its 100th Anniversary manuscript in March
Lindsey becomes chair in
Sarah Kelly has
relinquished her duties as chairperson of the Heritage of Walton County,
Florida Book Committee because she is moving due to a career change in her
family. We wish her and her family the very best.
Charlot Lindsey has
accepted the role of chairperson for that committee, and we know that she
will do an outstanding job.