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Final call for Harrison historical photos for book

By Genine Hopkins
Correspondent

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When Spikehorn Meyers was just a boy and long before he became a tourism phenomenon in Central Michigan, grizzly bears appeared on Main Street in downtown
Harrison. Probably part of a traveling show or
circus, this photo was taken in the mid 1880’s.  This is one of many pictures that will be presented in the Arcadia book.

A pictorial history of Harrison will soon be published as an Arcadia Images of America book, and the two authors – Cody Beemer and Angela Kellogg – are making a “last call” for anyone who has images to share.  They are seeking photos of pre-1960 Harrison to include in the publication as their September deadline nears, especially for the areas that border Harrison’s city limits, such as Leota, Temple, Meredith, Dodge City, etc.  Those with photos they’d like to share can contact Angela at the Harrison District Library, 989-539-6711, or Cody at 989-539-3211.

“We are nearing our deadline and we want to make sure we have a variety of historical photos,” said Kellogg, “We can provide credit if contributors desire or if they’d prefer to be anonymous, we can maintain that as well.”

Arcadia is a nationally renowned publisher of American pictorial histories.  The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country.  Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today.  Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.  There is no better pair to pull this together for Harrison and the surrounding area than Beemer and Kellogg.

Kellogg’s parents retired to Harrison in 1989, bringing a teenage Angela with them.  She attended Harrison High School and both she and Beemer graduated as members of the class of 1992.  Kellogg has been with the Harrison District Library for 5 years and has 11 years of library experience.

Beemer’s ancestors arrived in Harrison in the 1880s; Kellogg refers to Cody as “a true son of Harrison.”  His family tree has many branches, stretching across and including many well-known names in the area; his desire to share these family stories that have been handed down over the generations is a true gift indeed. In fact the pair began their collaboration after Beemer expressed a desire to share his unique take on Harrison’s colorful history.  They had their epiphany to collaborate on this project after reading Arcadia’s Clare pictorial history, published last year.

“We knew this would be a perfect platform to accomplish what Cody passionately wanted to present,” said Kellogg, “We feel we can bring an in depth picture of Harrison to life through pictures, providing the many lively stories that go with every photo.  The Arcadia series offers an opportunity to bring Harrison’s history to a national audience since they have extensive marketing and distribution tools at their disposal; their books are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.”

The pair will be providing a very unique spin on the photos they already have, promising to give readers “the Holy Grail” of Harrison’s very colorful past, first as a lumbering town and Clare County seat and eventually a tourism haven.  Demonstrating the changes that have occurred to the Harrison area over the course of history, the team’s insight into the behind the scenes story behind the photos are sure to offer a new take to residents and visitors alike.

Anyone with photos they’d like to share for this project can contact Kellogg at 989-539-6711 or Beemer at 989-539-3211.  The photo array has to be completed by the end of September 2013, so time is of the essence.

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