As sales for its “Images of America: St. Helena” book surpassed the 200 mark this past week, members of the St. Helena Historical Society recalled the contributions of the late historian Kathy Kernberger and her husband David.
Although Kathy Kernberger died in 2008, she was vital to the conceptual stages of the book, historian Mariam Hansen said. Hansen met with the Kernbergers at their home to view their extensive collection historical photographs of St. Helena.
Many of the photographs came from the Elite Photo Studio, owned by Edwin F. Cooper. The studio operated from 1908 to 1934.
Kathy Kernberger’s illness prevented her from helping with the book, but gratitude is expressed on page 4 for the inspiration she provided to book team members.
Historic Photo Publishers, owned by David Kernberger, donated numerous photographs that were among the most significant in the book, which is a pictorial history of St. Helena. David and his daughter, Heather McKenzie, were recognized during the March 14 book launch at Charles Krug Winery’s Carriage House.
“Images of America St. Helena” can be purchased by calling the Historical Society at 967-5502. The book is also available at Main Street Books and other stores in town.