150th anniversary book project in progress

Mary Dameron shows off an aerial photo of Derby from her family collection to Kristin Sen, far left, and Kristy Norman of the 150th Anniversary book committee. The group is asking for those with photos of Derby life and sites to come to scanning events in order to share those images with the community and for possible inclusion in the anniversary book.

Mary Dameron has history to share – and she did just that by bringing a box of photos to the first scanning session held by the book committee of Derby’s 150th Anniversary group.

Dameron, whose family name is Lauber, is a lifetime resident of Derby and has deep roots in the community as her family settled here in 1869, the year the city was officially founded. She also has quite a collection of high-quality, well-preserved photos, including numerous aerial views of the area, views featuring vast stretches of open land, land that is now filled with houses, businesses and schools that make up modern-day Derby.

Those photos include other items of interest, such as vehicles in use at the time. One even playfully shows off a common feature of yesteryear: the wooden outhouse.

Preserving, sharing and celebrating the city’s history is the book committee’s mission and, in that vein, it held its first photo-gathering session recently at the Derby Public Library’s Community Room.

Some 29 photos were scanned for the book and other depositories. The effort is not just for the book, but a collaborative endeavor incorporating the Derby Historical Society and the library to archive the city’s history. Feryl Baxter of the Historical Society is especially excited to get photos from 1925 to modern day. They actually have a number of photos from the city’s early years, but they seem to have tapered off when Derby transitioned into more of a bedroom community, she said.

There will be two more scanning sessions this fall. They are 1 to 4 p.m., Nov. 1; and 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 6.

If people can’t make it to the photo-gathering events, appointments can be scheduled. To schedule an appointment to share photos and history, contact Kristy Norman, Derby Public Library, 316-788-0760; Feryl Baxter, Historical Museum, 316-788-4362; or Rhonda Cott, The Derby Informer, 316-210-4995.

The book will not just be a random collection of photos and captions, but also include informative text.

More details about the book will be released in the months ahead, but one detail has been agreed on: Cott said the book, which will soon have a cover concept to show, will be a quality, hardcover volume.

Along with the book publication, the sesquicentennial will be celebrated with a variety of activities in 2019.