Wednesday, December 7, 2011/lk
GRANGER - After a successful pre-sale campaign that paid the majority of printing costs, a second history book about Granger by the Granger Historical Society will be available later this month.
The book, "A Place Called Granger," is a follow-up to the first book "Granger: the Town...the Land...the People" published in 1975 by the Granger Library Club.
The new book continues Granger history from the centennial year, updating information about schools and businesses and includes 200 pages of family stories. Among the stories are tales from Crewport, the Washington farm labor camp that was the first home in the valley for many people, particularly dustbowl refugees.
"A Place Called Granger" has about 300 pages and a copy will cost $30 plus sales tax. For $5 the historical society will ship a copy to anywhere in the continental United States.
The pre-sales paid for two thirds of the printing costs for the book, and the historical society only needs to sell another 165 copies to break even. Sales of the remaining 500 books will help the society to fund future projects.
Copies of "A Place Called Granger" will be available for purchase at the Granger Library Archives Room (in the Granger Library) on Monday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. People who have already purchased a copy can pick it up during those times.
The Granger Historical Society's next project is to secure hardware for digitizing documents and photos so the town can participate in the Washington Rural Heritage project (washingtonruralheritage.org), preserving historical information and sharing it online.
The historical society urges residents to find photos and documents for the society to digitize that will become part of the public historical record of Granger. The owners of the artifacts will be able to keep the originals.
For more information on the book or future plans of the historical society, or to make other arrangements to pick up a pre-ordered copy of "A Place Called Granger," visit the Granger Library Archive Room on Dec. 19 or 20, or call Elissa at 509-643-1795 or Helen at 509-854-1131.