Come out for a lecture and get your book signed By Mark St. John Erickson - 09/22/2008 Daily Press
A new pictorial history of America's oldest continuous English-speaking community will be the subject tonight in a lecture and book-signing staged by the Hampton History Museum.
"Images of America: Hampton" was released in late August by Arcadia Publishing, a South Carolina firm that specializes in local and regional history.
Since that time, the picture-filled book — which features more than 225 images — has sold more than 1,400 copies.
"We probably have another 100 or so really great pictures that could have fit in the book," says Hampton History Museum curator Michael Cobb, who was the co-archivist and co-author for the volume.
But there just wasn't enough space to put them all in."
Cobb put the book together with Wythe Holt, a native Hamptonian and retired University of Alabama legal historian and law professor, after the pair sifted through the museum's collection of more than 10,000 images.
They also consulted with such local authorities as longtime Hampton resident Girard Chambers, a second-generation land surveyor whose experiences with the city's landscape stretch back nearly 100 years.
"The things he could tell us about the buildings and the people in these pictures were just incredible," Cobb says.
"And what he didn't know firsthand he'd heard from his father before that."
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What: Lecture and book-signing with the authors of "Images of America: Hampton"
Where: Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton
When: 7 tonight
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