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City's historical society wants your photographs

Society compiling Whitehall-related items as it prepares to publish book

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Whitehall has seen a lot since the city's founding in 1947.

Being aware of that, the Whitehall Historical Society will chronicle the city's past in a book to be printed next year by Arcadia Publishing.

The historical society has a trove of pictures, articles, programs and other illustrations to create the historical account, but members want to fine-tune the contents to make the book as comprehensive as possible, said Steve McLoughlin, society president.

"Many of the pictures we have would not reproduce very well," he said.

Arcadia Publishing prints books that are largely pictorials, but Whitehall Historical Society members will write captions for as many photos as possible.

"We're asking for anyone with historic pictures to submit them for our consideration," McLoughlin said.

Of particular interest are photos showing landmarks and structures that have since been demolished or remodeled; images featuring former elected or public officials; city parks; school buildings; or images that help indicate when they were taken, such as those with automobiles.

Postcards, photos, negatives and slides all may be submitted, as well as brochures and advertisements.

Historical society members will scan or copy the material and return it to the owners.

"It's an idea and goal we have had for years," McLoughlin said.

Since its founding, the historical society gradually has gathered material to be used in the book but lacked a convenient place to sort, catalog and store the materials.

The group previously convened in a meeting room at Whitehall Community Park, but several years ago, the society completed a renovation of a Lustron home at the park.

The home, fabricated of metal, is itself an illustration of the city's history, as Lustron homes were built between 1948-50 at the nearby Curtiss-Wright airplane factory as a means to meet the demand for housing from World War II veterans who were starting families.

The home serving as the society's offices provides a place for members and volunteers to prepare for the book's publication.

Society member Bill Flood made tentative arrangements with Arcadia Publishing concerning the book, McLoughlin said.

The society also is working with the family of Charles F. Johnson, an early 20th-century developer of east Columbus, whose estate today is a residence on Fairway Boulevard, McLoughlin said.

Anyone who has material for the society to consider may email whitehallhistsoc@aol.com or call 206-309-8608.

The Whitehall Historical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at its Lustron home, 400 N. Hamilton Road, adjacent to Whitehall Community Park.

The society's website is whitehallhistoricalsociety.weebly.com.

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