Major new book depicting county's history is on its way

QUEENSBURY - A dozen volunteers were ready to unloaded boxes Monday from the tailgate of a delivery truck, but the shipment was delayed, as it was several times last week.

The volunteers were waiting for thousands of thick books, which represent the conclusion of a nine-year project by the Warren County Historical Society to connect present and future residents of the county with their heritage.

The 3,000 books, which were still in transit Tuesday, are copies of the society's new publication, "Warren County: Its People & Their History over Time."

Sixteen chapters long, the book will soon be available to the public, assuming it finally arrives.

Containing a formidable 496 pages, the book is a social history of the county, depicting life as it was in various locales in the county, through many eras.

The book will be formally presented to county officials and the public Sunday Nov. 29 at a ceremony to be held 2 to 4 p.m. at Scoville Learning Center of Adirondack Community College. The event includes a synopsis of the book and a talk about the significance of the book's publication, offered by state Historian Robert Arnold.

From the French and Indian War, to the first settlers of local townships through the vibrant 1950s and evolutionary decades since, the book tracks the changes in society and lifestyles, members of the county Historical Society said this week.

"It's been a considerable effort," Historical Society President Marilyn VanDyke said about the book's development. "The project included a lot of new research," she said. "The book depicts how people have lived and worked for centuries."

Only three books have to date tackled the county's history: Smith's History of Warren County- published in 1882; a history book produced by the federal Works Project Administration in the 1940s; and William H. Brown's "History of Warren County," published in 1963.

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