‘The Heritage of Blount County’ bicentennial edition in works


The team that will coordinate the re-issue of of the classic history of Blount County, from the left: Laura Roberson, submissions coordinator for the updated edition; Leonard Yarbrough, museum webmaster and submissions coordinator; Stanley Moss, Blount County Historical Society president and submissions coordinator, and Amy Rhudy, Blount County Memorial Museum curator, chief coordinator, and co-head with Moss of the re-issue effort. Each holds one of the previous editions: from the left, the 1972, 1989, 1977, and 1999 editions. Rhudy holds a copy of the Jefferson County heritage book as an example of the flaming red cover that will grace ‘The Heritage of Blount County,’ 2018 edition.

The team that will coordinate the re-issue of the classic history of Blount County, from the left: Laura Roberson, submissions coordinator for the updated edition; Leonard Yarbrough, museum webmaster and submissions coordinator; Stanley Moss, Blount County Historical Society president and submissions coordinator, and Amy Rhudy, Blount County Memorial Museum curator, chief coordinator, and co-head with Moss of the re-issue effort. Each holds one of the previous editions: from the left, the 1972, 1989, 1977, and 1999 editions. Rhudy holds a copy of the Jefferson County heritage book as an example of the flaming red cover that will grace ‘The Heritage of Blount County,’ 2018 edition.

The first updated version of “The Heritage of Blount County” that has been done in nearly 20 years will be issued later this year. The project is a joint venture of the Blount County Historical Society and Blount County Memorial Museum. Cost of the book will be $75.

The book is the comprehensive survey of the history of Blount County, its settlement, communities, institutions, families, places and other distinctives. The previous four editions of the book have sold out and are no longer available.

A significant feature of the re-issued history will be the addition of new material – up to 250 or more pages – updating and adding to the existing 468-page book. Blount County citizens and businesses are asked to contribute to the project in two ways – by providing new content in the form of information, vignettes, stories, features, and photos, and by contributing to the cost of producing the book through charges for their submitted content.

Submissions wanted

What kinds of content are needed? One need only look at the table of contents of the 1999 edition to get an idea of the categories of information that will easily fit the format. Here’s a quick rundown: history (new information on early settlement, Civil War, and subsequent development of the county as well as updated history since 1999); milestones on communities; churches/cemeteries; schools; landmarks/historic sites/covered bridges; organizations/clubs; industry/business; families; memories; tributes/memorials/business histories. Peruse a Heritage Book at the library or museum for further ideas on appropriate content.

Here’s a schedule of content length and associated charges.

• up to 250 words, no photo – $25

• 251-500 words, with photo – $50

• 501-750 words, “ “ – $75

• 751-1,000 words “ “ – $100

Feature pages

Special feature pages of varying sizes are also available for personal information concerning Blount County families, businesses, or civic endeavors. See the 1999 edition of the Heritage book for examples in the “Tributes, Memorials, and Businesses” chapter.

A $1,000 donation entitles the donor to a full feature page with photos, and includes a free complimentary copy of the new book.

A $500 donation entitles the donor to a one-half feature page with photos.

A $250 donation entitles the donor to a one-quarter feature page.

Conventional advertising is also available at stated prices.

“We’re asking the people of Blount County to help us update this valuable historical reference to benefit future generations,” said Rhudy. “The last four editions have been sold out for years, and we continue to get requests from people wanting their own copy. The Blount County Historical Society and the Museum Committee felt like reissuing and updating the book was an especially appropriate project for our Blount County bicentennial celebration.”

Deadline for submitting new information is June 1, 2018. You may email the submission to arhudy@blountcountyal. gov or bring it to Memorial Museum. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email address. Checks/money orders should be made payable to Blount County Historical Society, P. O. Box 45, Oneonta, AL 35 121.

For more information or questions, contact Amy Rhudy Blount County Memorial Museum at 205-625-6905, or stop by to see her. Donation and book order forms also available there. Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.