Hometown Memories Publishing Company already has collected hundreds of stories and pictures from life in the “good old days” in Northwest and North Central Kansas. And they are looking for a few more to complete the book they will publish later this year. The company intends to save a big slice of local history before it’s lost forever.
Karen Garvey, senior editor at Hometown Memories, is extending the deadline for submitting stories to May 31. She invites anyone older than age 60 with yarns about the “good old days” in Northwest and North Central Kansas to write them down and mail them to her for possible publication in the book. The hardcover coffee table book will contain tales of bygone years from people who actually lived them. If you have already submitted a story, please do not submit more.
“The stories we have received from Northwest and North Central Kansas are among the best we have ever gotten. Because this promises to be one of the most interesting books we have ever done, we want to increase its size by adding about 75 more stories. I’m not looking for genealogy,” says Garvey.
“What we want to save are true stories about things that once were commonplace but are virtually unknown to today’s generation. The contributor’s descendants will love them for it. Life today is not what it used to be.”
“Stories like these are not only great fun to read, especially for old-timers, but they’re usually left out of the official history books. I hope our books will still be around in 200 years so that people will know that old-timers were more than a name or a faded picture. But that we were real people with real lives.”
Especially wanted for the book are stories that involve humor, odd, unusual, frightening or mysterious events, romance stories (for example, “How I Met My Spouse”), local myths and legends or ghost tales.
Garvey requests that anyone interested in submitting material for the book phone her toll free, at 877-491-8802 for instructions or visit the web site at www.hometownmemoriesonline.com.
Hometown Memories, LLC is a North Carolina Company that is dedicated to providing books that preserve the spirit, character, and memory of a time that will never be seen again. The people who appear in them are from all walks of life. Their experiences are so unusual and varied that it is impossible to categorize them. You’ll find humor, adventure, romance, hardship, and even a few ghost stories in a Hometown Memories book. The company has produced more than 60 titles, and there are currently more than 70,000 copies of their living history books in circulation.