Committee seeking photos for 150th anniversary book

This photo of the Derby Police Department in 1972 is the type of image organizers of a local history book are seeking. Members of the group are looking for a variety of photos from the past 150 years of life in Derby and are emphasizing that not all have to be from its earliest years. In fact, they have a special need for photos from the 1940s to present.

Do you have photos that depict life in Derby during the past 150 years? If so, the committee putting together a pictorial book marking the city’s sesquicentennial in 2019 would like to see them.

“We encourage people to look through their family photos and find pictures they would like to share with the community,” said Committee Chair Rhonda Cott. “These can be photos of people, groups, organizations, buildings, school activities, sports and community events. We’re looking for everything.”

Cott said the committee is especially interested in photos from the 1940s to present.

The photos can come from personal and family photo collections, Cott said.

To share your photographs and memories for publication in the book, content-gathering events will be held at the Derby Public Library’s Community Room, 1600 Walnut Grove on these dates: 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 4; 1 to 4 p.m., Nov. 1; and 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 6.

Cott said the committee members will be scanning photos at these events and gathering information to go with the photos. They also are interested in interviewing people who have stories about Derby’s past.

Those content-gathering events will be taking place from now until next summer and the committee will be scheduling evening and Saturday events in the coming weeks.

If people can’t make it to the content-gathering events, appointments can be scheduled by contacting Kristy Norman, Derby Public Library, 316-788-0760; Feryl Baxter, Historical Museum, 316-788-4362; Rhonda Cott, The Derby Informer, 316-210-4995.

Cott said the contributors shouldn’t shy away from the process because they may not think of their photos as “historical.”

“The photos could be as recent as 10-20 years ago,” she said.

The book committee is collaborating with the Historical Society and the library to archive the city’s history, which has never been intentionally done, she said.

“We’re taking this opportunity to do this at the same time,” she said.

The book will be published using professionals who have experience with local history books, she said. The publisher is based in Hillsboro, Kan.

Cott said the hardbound book, which will soon have a cover concept to show, will be one that people will want to keep and display in their homes and businesses.

“It will be a quality book,” she said.