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Collierville history lives in photo book
By Tom Bailey Jr.   - 02/10/2007

Commercial Appeal

More Info on This Book: Collierville

A 1939 image of beauty queens of the old Cheese Festival, which promoted the local dairy industry.

Photos of the straightforward neon sign of the long-gone White Cafe: "Cafe: Steaks Chops Chicken."

Family photos involving some of the oldest lineages in town: Cox, Cartwright, Hart, Leake, McGinnis, Humphreys, Mann, Waddy.

An image of cattle herded through downtown.

These are among the scores of black-and-white photos in a new photo-history book called "Images of America: Collierville."

The 127-page paperback was compiled by Main Street Collierville and just published by Arcadia Publishing, which specializes in local or regional history.

The sale of the $19.99 book will be a fund-raiser for Main Street Collierville.

The nonprofit organization works to promote and preserve the Town Square.

The book project has been in the works since 2003, when

Main Street asked citizens to share their old photos.

"We got over 200 photos," said Laura Todd, Main Street's executive director.

Nancy Bassett, then a Main Street board member, chaired the book committee.

"It was a big undertaking, a labor of love," Todd recalled.

The photographs are divided into chapters: Town Square; Townspeople; Sacred Places; Places of Learning; Places of Work; Architecture; and Treasures Lost.

The writing comprises only a one-page introduction, photo captions and a two-page timeline of town event ranging from 1800 ("State Line Road ((Poplar Avenue)) is the southern boundary of the state) to 1956 (Collierville Library begun, sponsored by Collierville Contemporary Club.'')

But the captions effectively convey lots of background, context and identification.

The book will be available at area bookstores, Main Street

Collierville in the depot on Town Squares, some shops around town, and through Arcadia Publishing (888-313-2665 or arcadiapublishing.com)

Photo history book release set

Main Street Collierville will host a Founder's Day Coffee at 9 a.m. Friday at the historic train depot, 125 N. Rowlett, on Town Square. The event will celebrate the town's incorporation on Feb. 17, 1870, and the release of Main Street Collierville's photo history book, "Images of America: Collierville."

Buy It Now: Collierville $21.99




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