To celebrate the Wabaunsee County Sesquicentennial, the Wabaunsee County Historical Society is releasing a new photo history book of the county on May 18, 2009. The book features 221 historic images from the county museum’s photograph collection as well as donated images from a dozen other contributors.
Included in the book are two dozen photographic images donated to the project by the Kansas State Histori-cal Society, including a number of images by Alma photographer Gus Meier. These images have never been published.
Flint Hill Historian Michael Stubbs, from the Rockton Community northwest of Eskridge, authored the in-troduction to the book. Stubbs’ introduction provides an account of the county’s history. The book is being published by Arcadia Publishing Company of Chicago, who will be distributing the book throughout area merchants as well via the Internet.
The Historical Society asked Greg Hoots, long time Wabaunsee County UPS driver, to author the book and scan all of the photos. Hoots is known for his work in preserving and sharing Flint Hills historic photographs.
The book features photos from every town in the county as well as chapters featuring schools, churches, ghost towns, disasters, construction projects, and a tour of county farms and ranches. This book will be the single largest collection of historic Wabaunsee County photographs ever published.
The Wabaunsee County Historical Society will kick off sales of the book on June 6, 2009 at the Sesquicen-tennial celebration in Alma. The book sells for $21.99. It will also be available at the Wabaunsee County Museum in Alma and at local merchants throughout the county.