More Families Sought For History Book, Deadline Now January 30

More Families Sought For History Book, Deadline Now January 30

The Washington County History Book Committee would like to remind current and former residents that the deadline for submitting their families’ histories and photos for inclusion in the upcoming book family history book is January 30.

“It’s very important that all families of the county participate in this project in order for it to be as comprehensive a documentation of our county’s history as possible,” said President Cathy Dinkelman.

The coffee table-style book, targeted for release in 2018, will feature histories and photos submitted by hundreds of Washington County families.

“Since it’s free for a family to have their history and photo included in the book, why would anyone not want to be part of this historic project?” Dinkelman said.

The cover image for The Washington County History and Families Book, shown ABOVE, will be embossed onto the covers of the finished books.

The book committee has been busy distributing informational brochures about the book to businesses, churches and organizations since September, as well as processing submissions as they come in. The brochure contains guidelines for submissions, as well as an order form for those who would like to reserve a copy of the book. Although a book order is not a requirement for inclusion in the book, the book committee does encourage residents to reserve a copy in advance, since the revenue from advance orders funds production of the book.

“Those ordering books in advance of publication get a special pre-sale price on the book,” said Dinkelman “Since a limited number of books will be printed, only those who reserve their copy in advance will be assured of getting a copy.”

Families who did not receive a copy of the informational flier can pick one up at the Washington County Museum (326 South Kaskaskia, Nashville). They can drop off submissions during those hours, or they can mail them to Washington County Historical Society, PO Box 9, Nashville, IL 62263.

In addition to the family histories, the book will feature a history section documenting 200 years of Washington County history, as well as a special section that spotlights the histories of businesses, schools, churches and organizations in the county.