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Piscataquis County history book in works

Article from Bangor Daily News, Friday, September 03, 2004

By Diana Bowley
of the NEWS Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT - A pictorial hard-bound book that will celebrate the 20th century history of Piscataquis County is expected to be available to schools, historical societies and public libraries within 18 months.

The book is the product of more than a year of planning by the Cultural Heritage and Ecotourism Committee, an offshoot of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, according to Helen Kelly, who is compiling the book.

The project actually was inspired by the late Warren "Pete" Myrick of Guilford, who had great interest in the connection between the region's history, the pride people have in their communities and the development of a vibrant economic future, she said.

Kelly said Thursday that the public needs to understand the history of the region to help plot its future.

Funded by a $5,000 Maine Community Foundation grant, the book will be about 200 pages long and will contain a wealth of preserved photographs from the area and brief narratives.

The project has the support of local historical societies, which Kelly expects to tap for photographs. Project participants plan to speak to older people from around the county and record their recollections of earlier times in the county for the book.

About 200 copies of the book will be published during the first phase, and about half of those copies will be reserved for local and school libraries and historical societies. The remainder will be sold on a subscription basis, according to Kelly.

A second printing in paperback is expected to follow the first phase, she said.

Particular attention will be paid to how past generations responded to their larger economic, social and natural surroundings.

"We want this to be a history of the people," Kelly said.

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