The Eagle Creek Historical Organization and students from Arlington School's Pace class have completed a pictorial book of the village's history.
Part of the "Images of America" series published by Arcadia Publishing, the book, titled "Arlington 175 Years," is now on sale at area bookstores, local retailers or through the publisher at 888-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com. The book is being sold for $19.99.
All profits from the book will go to the historical organization and Arlington School.
The book contains hundreds of photographs documenting the village's history from 1834 to present day. The village will celebrate its 175th birthday in 2009.
Deb Anderson, who teaches Arlington's Pace class for the gifted, said the picture book is meant to be a companion to "The Village of Arlington, Ohio 1834 to 1984," a narrative of the village's history completed by the Sesquicentennial Committee.
Anderson said her students were asked to participate in the project by Don Steinman, president of the Eagle Creek Historical Organization.
Steinman, 61, a co-author of the new book, is a native of Arlington.
Steinman says his love of history started with a very energetic history teacher at Arlington High School named Forest Peneton and has continued with his own research of Arlington and southern Hancock County.
Fellow author Tom Kroske, 70, is also a lifelong resident of Arlington. His parents operated a grocery store in the village for several years, and his grandfather was Arlington postmaster and also taught in many area one-room schoolhouses.
The project actually began in the summer of 2007 when community members were asked to submit photos for the book. More than 700 pictures were submitted, with 240 photos being selected for the book.
Anderson said the authors looked for photos that could best tell Arlington's story.
A total of 28 students from Anderson's Pace class, in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, organized the pictures chronologically into chapters. Students also helped write captions and conduct interviews.
The fourth-grade class gathered enough information for a second publication titled "Arlington Today," which is being sold by Appleseed IGA and the Arlington Pharmacy for $7.50. That book features the modern Arlington.
It was a good history lesson.
"We had to decide how we were going to tell the story. They could see the dirt roads and then the brick roads in the photographs and the old buildings," said Anderson. "It really gave them a better sense of history and there was more excitement about the history."
Students in the class found the project interesting enough that they would take it "outside of the classroom" and talk with community members about the village's history.
Anderson said more than 100 copies of the pictorial books have already been sold.