Alexandria has a long history of summer tourism and a close-knit community. 

In the book Postcard History Series: Alexandria, Barbara Grover of Alexandria traces the history and evolution of Alexandria through more than 200 vintage postcards, many of which are more than 100 years old.

Alexandria was founded by the Kinkead brothers in 1858. In 1866, the town site was purchased by William Everett Hicks who established the main streets, schools and churches that helped make Alexandria the town it is today.

The railroad line that reached Alexandria in 1878 opened the door for tourism.

The postcard images in the book depict summer activities like fishing, swimming and boating. They also show the hotels and resorts around the chain of lakes.

Locals are also featured in the book, along with images of the schools, churches and local businesses in Alexandria

Grover has been a resident of Alexandria since 1960. Her love of this community began while living in a turn-of-the-century house near the county courthouse.

She was involved as a volunteer around the community and in 1987 became the volunteer coordinator for Knute Nelson Memorial Home.

Her work with the elderly residents brought her an understanding of the heritage of Alexandria and the contributions each individual makes to local history.

Grover also served as executive director of the Douglas County Historical Society for 12 years, retiring in 2001, but has stayed active in the community since.

This is Grover’s second book with Arcadia Publishing. Her first book, Images of America: Alexandria, was released in 2013.

Grover’s new book, Postcard History Series: Alexandria, is available for purchase for $21.99 at local retailers, online bookstores or through Arcadia Publishing at or 1-888-313-2665.