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History in the making

Plans unveiled for sesquicentennial book

Published: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 5:00 a.m. CST

SENECA, Ill. — Lively conversation ensued at the January meeting of the Seneca History Guild as preliminary plans were unveiled for the Sesquicentennial book proposed for publication by the SHG.

The objective is to have the book ready in November of 2014, to help kick off the 2015 celebration.

“Our vision is to produce a book that will be the complete history of Seneca, Illinois, written by the people of Seneca,” according to guild member Doug Wood. “ Our intention is to have families and businesses submit their respective histories from their points of view, as well as pictures that portray the rich history of the village. 2015 will be here before we know it and we are ready to move forward.”

The group is still working on details of costs, prices and parameters for the book, but indicated that great progress has been made in the past few weeks.

Businesses and families will be able to sponsor their own pages or purchase sponsorship space within the book.

“Although we’d like to be able to give the book away,” said board member, Jeff Maierhofer, “there are costs to a publication of this size. In addition, profits raised will allow us to move forward with other goals of the Guild, as we further preserve the history of the Seneca community. We are really looking forward to helping bring the community together for the sesquicentennial celebration.”

Further details will be revealed at The Guild’s next meeting, to be held at Seneca Village Hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17.  The public is welcome to attend, including anyone who would like to volunteer to work on the book.

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