Pickerington Times-Sun

Area history book's sales benefit historical society

By MICHAEL HAYES
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A pictorial history featuring more than 175 images and short stories chronicling Pickerington's early days is available for purchase through the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society.

Images of America: Pickerington, written by Christine A. Bryant, contains images of people and places in the Pickerington area from about 1880 up to 1984.

It is part of the popular series published by Arcadia Publishing, one of the leading local history publishers in the United States with more than 8,000 titles.

Long before Pickerington's latest incarnation as a bustling suburb of Columbus, it was a relatively isolated farming town.

The book gives the reader a glimpse of the city's rich history before the population boom.

Peggy Portier of the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society said the book was the result of a two-year collaboration between Bryant and the Historical Society.

"It turned out to take more time than we thought, but we're happy with the finished product," Portier said.

She said members of the Historical Society lent their expertise to Bryant for the project.

"We did the research, six of us divided it up into subjects," Portier said.

"We found the pictures and then found the history that went along with the pictures," she said.

She said the book includes the very early history of Pickerington, when it was named Jacksonville.

In 1827 the name of the town was changed in honor of Abram Pickering, who established the town.

"There is a picture of him in (the book)," Portier said.

She said the Historical Society will receive a portion of the proceeds from sales of the book to help fund future programming.

"We're using it as a fundraiser for the Historical Society," Portier said.

"We sell the books ourselves. If people buy them directly from us we make more money from them."

Images of America: Pickerington costs $23.42, which includes sales tax.

Approximately $10 from every book sold will go to the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society if purchased directly.

To purchase a copy of the book call Peggy Portier at 614-382-5989; or send e-mail to pickhistsociety@hotmail.com.

The book is also available at local retailers and on-line bookstores or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com; or by calling 888-313-2665.

Bryant will be on hand to sign copies of the book in conjunction with "Community History Month" at the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society Museum, 15 E. Columbus St. in Olde Pickerington Village, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

The date is also the museum's first open house of the season.

"That's our big opening," Portier said.

"We have some new exhibits and special exhibits for children, things they can touch," she said.

There will also be an indoor scavenger hunt for children with prizes donated by Fairfield Federal Savings and Loan.

Museum admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Open houses will continue every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through mid-December.

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