By Colin Foster
Six people are spending their time diligently to cover the 200-year history of Troy and make it into a book.
The Troy Bicentennial History Book Committee is handling the research, the writing, the publicity, promotions and pictures … that’s just what it takes to work on a project of this magnitude.
“It’s a huge undertaking,” said Jack Carter, a member of the committee, with a laugh.
But the committee could use a little help from the residents of Troy. They are seeking photographs and additional content from to 1900 to the present in areas such as agriculture, architecture, businesses, churches, disasters, events, family, legend and lore, military, schools, services and utilities and transportation. The deadline for submissions of photos and stories is Feb. 28.
The committee, in connection with M.T. Publishing Company, is sponsoring a pictorial history of Troy in celebration of Troy’s 200th Anniversary. “Transitions of Troy — A Bicentennial Celebration of Troy, Ohio 1900-Present” will include hundreds of historical photos from Troy’s past and present.
“A lot history has been published of the county and Troy from way back, and they are all different formats. Some have more pictures than text and some have more text than pictures … we’re trying to strike a good balance with our book,” Carter said. “It’s going to have more of a graphic, flow chart appeal, we hope. That’s our vision for the book. It’s going to be organized in decades, space permitting … U.S. and world history at the bottom and Troy stuff featured prominently from page to page.”
There have been other books published about significant events in Miami County. In 2012, the Troy Historical Society released a book in remembrance of the 1913 Great Flood. A few years back, the Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau and M.T. Publishing released “Miami County, Ohio: A Pictorial History Celebrating 200 years.”
“That book is county wide,” explained “Transitions of Troy” photo editor Nancy Lane-Feldner when talking about how their project differs from others. “With this just being Troy, the big thing that we’re trying to do is to make sure what we’re putting in (differs) … yeah, we’re going to have some things overlap, from the 1900s to the 60s, but we’re trying to put stuff in that’s not in the other books,”
“Transitions of Troy — A Bicentennial Celebration of Troy, Ohio 1900-Present” is an 11-inch by 8.5 inch coffee-table sized landscape edition in a hard cover with a color dust jacket, specially designed for the publication. It will contain hundreds of photographs and historical highlights. Only the finest materials will be utilized to produce this historical book, and the final page count will depend on the number of book orders, so it will depend on the support of community members.
The deadline to pre-order “Transitions of Troy — A Bicentennial Celebration of Troy, Ohio 1900-Present” is Feb. 28. It will be necessary to collect orders in advance, as they plan to print only a limited number of books. All money will be held in escrow at a local bank for payment to publishers at a later date. The committee hopes to have the book published in time to celebrate Troy’s 200th Anniversary in 2014.
“We’re working with M.T. Publishing Company in Evansville, Ind., the size of the book is determined by advanced sales of the book and patron pages, which are the special historical pages in the back,” Carter said.
Historical photographs are needed for inclusion in this publication. They are seeking original photographs or professional reproductions of non-replaceable photographs (No xerox or computer print outs, those will not be included in the book). All photographs will be reviewed for content and clarity and selected based on space availability.
If people have photograph/document questions or for submission, contact Nancy Lane-Feldner at (937) 418-4245 or by email at email@example.com. For book information or submission of stories/oral histories, contact Judy Deeter or Mike Robinson at (937) 339-5900 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Transitions of Troy — A Bicentennial Celebration of Troy, Ohio 1900-Present” currently is available at the discounted pre-publication price of $37.50. The deadline to pre-order the book is Feb. 28. The committee is trying to release it by late spring to early summer, in time for Troy’s Bicentennial Celebration Parade. To find out more information, go to Facebook and type in Troy Ohio Bicentennial History Book.
To view other local or specialty history books, visit www.mtpublishing.com.