Publisher seeks stories from local old-timers

Hometown Memories Publishing Company intends to save a big slice of local history before it’s lost forever.
Karen Garvey, Senior Editor at Hometown Memories Publishing, is asking local old-timers to share their memories for a living history book. She invites anyone over age 60 with yarns about the “good old days” in eastern and northeastern South Dakota to write them down and mail them to her for possible publication in the book. The hardcover coffee table book will contain tales of bygone years from people who actually lived them.
To encourage participation, Garvey is offering a $250 award for the most appealing story. There will also be three $100 runner-up awards and a cash award for best picture.
“I’m not looking for genealogy,” says Garvey. “What we want to save are true stories about things that once were commonplace but are virtually unknown to today’s generation. The contributor’s descendants will love them for it. Life today is not what it used to be,” continues Garvey.
For example, any old-timer could tell an interesting tale about things like wringer washing machines, downtown cowboy movies on Saturday, radio drama programs, feed sack dresses or old-fashioned outhouses.
Garvey explains, “Stories like these are not only great fun to read, especially for old-timers, but they’re usually left out of the official history books. I hope some of these books will still be around in 200 years so that people will know that old-timers were more than a name or a faded picture but that we were real people with real lives.”
Especially wanted for the book are stories that involve humorous, odd, unusual, frightening or mysterious events, romance stories (“How I Met My Spouse”), local myths and legends and ghost tales. The deadline for story submission is April 30.
Garvey requests that anyone interested in submitting material for the book phone her toll free, at (877) 491-8802 for instructions or visit the Web site at www.hometownmemoriesonline.com.
Hometown Memories, LLC is a North Carolina Company that is dedicated to providing books that preserve the spirit, character, and memory of a time that will never be seen again. The people who appear in them are from all walks of life. Their experiences are so unusual and varied that it is impossible to categorize them. You’ll find humor, adventure, romance, hardship and even a few ghost stories in a Hometown Memories book.
The company has produced over 70 titles and there are currently over 97,000 copies of their living history books in circulation.

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