History of Alexandria explored in new book
Barb Grover, long-time Alexandria resident, has published a book about Alexandria's history, from its founding right up to present day.
Alexandria, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, contains more than 200 vintage images depicting Alexandria's rich past.
With the assistance of the Douglas County Historical Society, the Runestone Museum and the Echo Press newspaper, Grover was able to compile a vast selection of photographs and information about Alexandria.
According to Grover, the unique spirit of Alexandria came from its early days as a pioneer outpost.
"The lure of the beautiful lakes area has brought people here for over 150 years," she said. "The settlers established a solid foundation that has grown stronger over the years."
Highlights of Alexandria include Pathway to Settlement; Trails, Trains and Tourists; Alexandria Then and Now; Alexandria Plays, Alexandria Works; and Alexandria Remembers.
"This brief snapshot is meant to begin longer relationships with the town and the people who claim it as home," Grover said.
A resident of Alexandria since 1960, Grover worked as a volunteer in civic affairs, cultural events and school and church programs until 1987, when she became volunteer coordinator for Knute Nelson nursing home.
Recruiting and training volunteers to work with the elderly residents gave her a deep understanding of the value of the past and how each individual makes a contribution to local history.
After 12 years as executive director of the Douglas County Historical Society, she retired in 2001. She has continued to be involved in the community as a volunteer and board member for both the Runestone Museum and the Alexandria Area Arts Association.
With this book, Grover seeks to preserve the history of Alexandria for generations to come.
"The lasting impact I hope to leave will be a comprehensive story of why Alexandria remains a favorite place to live, work, vacation and retire," she said.
Alexandria author Barb Grover will take part in the following book signing events:
Thursday, March 14
Runestone Museum, 201 Broadway Street, Alexandria. The event will begin at 1 p.m. with coffee and appetizers until 4 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. with wine and cheese.
Saturday, March 23
Cherry Street Books, 503 Broadway Street, Alexandria. The event will run from noon to 2 p.m.
Alexandria, $21.99, is available at local retailers, online bookstores or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or 1-888-313-2665.
Arcadia Publishing is a publisher of local and regional history in the U.S. Its mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places.