Atwood history book concentrates on last 20 years

Monday, March 9, 2009

ATWOOD -- The third volume of a series of books detailing the history of Rawlins County, Kan., will focus on what has happened in the past 20 years.

Gertie Kastens of Atwood, co-chairman of the history book committee, said organizers are seeking historical information not contained in the first two books, although they also want family histories that are not in the two earlier volumes.

All households, both old and new, and families, both previous and present residents, will be included and their stories and pictures published free of charge.

The book will be published by Bell Books of Rich Hill, Mo. A representative of the company visited with Atwood committee members Feb. 25. and outlined requirements for pictures and information submissions.

* The best photographs for reproduction are black-and-white or color originals, not copies of photos. The photos will be returned to the owner after use.

* Individuals are encouraged to write their own stories, however, a time will be scheduled for those needing assistance filling out his/her history. Forms will be available later. Each entry must be signed, "Submitted by _ ."

Kastens said organizers would appreciate submissions as soon as possible, however, they will continue to gather information until the deadline of Aug. 15, 2009.

If all goes well, Kastens said, the books should be available by the end of the year or early next year.

She said that people submitting articles are encouraged to commit themselves to purchasing books so that an ample supply of books will be available at a pre-published price; extra copies may not be available.

The committee meets the third Monday of each month, at 7 p.m., in the Atwood City Library. A special meeting will be called if submission forms become available before a regular meeting.

Anyone interested in Rawlins County history is encouraged to attend the meetings.

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