Publisher looking for stories from seniors
MANISTIQUE – Hometown Memories Publishing Company is looking to save a big slice of local history before it’s lost forever.
Karen Garvey, senior editor at Hometown Memories Publishing, is asking local seniors to share memories for a living history book. She invites anyone over age 60 with stories about the “good old days” in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to write them down and submit them for possible publication in the book.
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.
Especially wanted for the book are stories that involve humor, 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.
“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,” said Garvey. “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.”
Garvey requests that anyone interested in submitting material for the book call her toll free, at (877) 491-8802 for instructions or visit the website at www.hometownmemoriesonline.com.