New book to feature Danville 'City of Firsts'

Looking Back

January 20, 2011|By BRENDA S. EDWARDS | Contributing Writer

A local woman plans to publish a book on Danville as part of Arcadia Publishing Co.’s series “Images of America.”
Lindsay Merritt, education director and assistant curator at McDowell House Museum on South Second Street, will focus on what made Danville the “City of Firsts.”
She will use pre-1970 photographs and information about Danville buildings including Centre College, Constitution Square State Historic Site, Ephraim McDowell and Kentucky School for the Deaf.
"I want to get a personal touch in my book," she said. “I don’t want to just have photographs of buildings,  I want pictures of people at Danville landmarks: restaurants, parks and schools.”
Merritt said Arcadia Publishing wants photos prior to 1970 which will allow more recent photographs if they are particularly eye-catching and historical.
 Merritt, a native of Dublin, Ohio, has two degrees in the history field and is eager to learn more about Danville after moving here six months ago.
“I  think that working on a book will be a great way to learn more about the city I live in, as well as sharing that history with others,” she said.
This is her first attempt to compile a book, however, she has written several articles for the Filson Historical Society’s news magazine.
Anyone who wants to share photographs and written history about people and places in Danville is asked to contact Merritt by Feb. 11 via e-mail at: or by phone (513) 255-2040. Pictures in the book will be black and white.
 Since its inception in 1993, the Images of America series has preserved and shared the history of hundreds of individual communities throughout the country. Each title records a town’s or city’s unique story through more than 200 historic images.

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