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Salem man's new 'Images of America' book showcases Andover
By Cindy Cantrell   - 02/01/2009

The Boston Globe

Andrew Grilz of Salem has long felt a special connection to the "Images of America" book series, which published a previously unknown photograph of his grandmother holding his then 3-year-old mother in the edition featuring their hometown of Newburgh, N.Y. Now he has written an "Images of America" volume of his own.

Grilz took over the project when he became curator of the Andover Historical Society two years ago. The book was published last month, about two weeks before he was laid off from his position due to reduced donations, a shrinking endowment, and subsequent budget cuts.

The most difficult part of writing the book, Grilz said, was narrowing the society's more than 15,000 images to the 216 photographs in "Images of America: Andover." The book also includes early drawings and paintings, 20th-century images of downtown, photographs of now-vanished landmarks, and historical anecdotes such as Andover's role as the birthplace of wool manufacturing.

Grilz was assisted in compiling the book by an editorial team of Andover Historical Society board members and volunteers. Norma Gammon, an Andover Historical Society board member and former selectman, contributed the foreword.

"I have a passion for history, and Andover's is particularly compelling," said Grilz, noting its 350-year history includes roles in the French and Indian wars, the 1690s witchcraft hysteria, the American Revolution, the abolitionist movement, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. "It's an ongoing narrative that's never over."

For more information about "Images of America: Andover," go to www.andoverhistorical.org.




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