Historical Society to discuss binding of new county history book
Copies of the cover and binding of a new book chronicling Poinsett County history have been sent by the publishing company and will be examined by the Poinsett County Historical Society and Book Committee in a meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Harrisburg Senior Citizen Life Center.
The book will be published later this fall.
The primary content of the book will be family histories. Each Poinsett County family has been asked to write an historical sketch not exceeding 600 words.The book also will include a general county history. Other possible inclusions will be histories of various organizations, businesses, schools, churches, landmarks, veterans, and etc.
The hardbound library book will be published by Acclaim Press, a company which has published hundreds of county history books nationwide.The company and Sylvia Evans will be assisting the group and county residents throughout the project. A list of all persons involved in the project from each township and other counties soon will be released.
"We need at least two representatives from each community in Poinsettto volunteer to help with the book," said Evans, director of the Poinsett County Book Committee. "We also need people from sister counties such as Cross, Crittenden, Craighead, Lawrence, Greene, Jackson, St. Francis and Mississippi. We also are accepting family histories from the counties above that have ties to Poinsett County."
Evanswould like to find other county residents who can volunteer to lend their talents to the compilation of the histories.
Douglas Sikes, owner of Acclaim Press,has submitted $54.95 as the book's presale price. The historical book will be available only on a presale basis.Checks should bepayable to: Poinsett County History Book.
"It will be necessary to collect orders in advance ofthe publications," Evans said."All money will be held in escrow at the First National Bank of Harrisburg for paymentto the publishing company later. There is no charge for having your history printed and photograph published in the book."
Meetings for the Poinsett County History Book will be on the third Sunday of each month.
"Come and see all of our projects we have started, including The Verser Clinic, which is being put on the Historical Register," Evans said. "We are in the steps of making it into The Historical Museum of Poinsett County, Ark. Come andgive us your input and ideas and help us make this a landmark for everyone to enjoy.We will be helping anyone who needs help in writing their family history."
Information about the book and future projects of the Society will be announced in this paper. Readers may look weekly for the new genealogy finds, family historiesand tidbits that will be in the newspaper about Poinsett County.
Histories, photographs and book orders may be sent to: Poinsett County History Book, P.O. Box 504, Harrisburg, AR72432; Attn: Ms Sylvia