A new pictorial history of Danville by a local author will be released Monday as part of Arcadia Publishing Co.’s series “Images of America.”
“The book is a collection of roughly 180 images of Danville’s history, from its founding in 1784 through the present day,” said author Lindsay Merritt, education director and assistant curator at Mc-Dowell House Museum on South Second Street.
“It features 128 pages of photographs of Centre College, Kentucky School for the Deaf, McDowell House Museum, Constitution Square State Historic Site and Main Street businesses, churches and familiar faces from around town.
“A lot of my research was done by reading historic newspaper clippings, the ‘Kentucky Encyclopedia,’ CentreCyclopedia, and some Ephraim McDowell books. One of the best resources was Calvin Fackler’s ‘Early Days in Danville,’” said Merritt. “ I also got a lot of great stories from long-time Danville residents and institutions to add a personal touch to the book.”
Danville, known as the City of Firsts and Birthplace of the Bluegrass, is nestled in the heart of Kentucky. Its location on a branch of the Wilderness Road, a trail blazed through frontier lands by Daniel Boone and other like-minded pioneers, allowed Danville to burgeon into a political, cultural and educational hub in the late 18th century.
The images in the volume reflect the firsts for which Danville is famous: Kentucky School for the Deaf, Centre College, the home of famed physician Ephraim Mc Dowell, and more, as well as featuring photographs of everyday life: churches, restaurants and businesses so fondly recalled by its citizens.
Merritt worked with Centre College, Kentucky School for the Deaf, McDowell House Museum, The Advocate- Messenger in Danville, National Park Service, and local historians to bring readers a collection of photographs that illustrate the story of this City of Firsts. She divides her time working between McDowell House and the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort.
Carol Senn and Clarence Wyatt, both of Danville, wrote the foreword for the book.
The book can be purchased after Monday from Arcadia’s website: http://www.arcadiapublishing. com and search for Danville. The book also will be sold at McDowell House Museum and Centre Bookstore. Cost is $21.99.
A book signing will be hosted later by McDowell House staff.