(Posted Nov. 29, 2017)
By Christine Bryant, Staff Writer
Though small in size, Plain City has a vast history–an important reason, local historians say, to capture and record it for future generations.
As the village is about to celebrate its bicentennial, the Plain City Historical Society is publishing a book about the area’s rich history. The volume includes a comprehensive look at how the area has transformed into what it is today.
“There have been a number of partial histories written, but never a real history book,” said Bernie Vance, finance and fundraising chairman and past president of the historical society. “We hope to provide an interesting history of Plain City and at the same time use it as a fundraiser for the historical society.”
The 8.5-by-11-inch book, titled “Moments in Time, The Plain City Story,” features 150 pages of photos and topics that start with the village’s founding in 1818. It also covers the history of the first settlers in the area along with early businesses, modes of transportation, and schools.
The three-person committee of Vance, who served as chairman, retired librarian Rosemary Anderson, and retired school teacher Lynn Baldwin researched and wrote the book.
The committee timed the book’s release to coincide with the village’s Christmas Under the Clock event, slated for Dec. 2.
The book is available for purchase for $25 at the Plain City Historical Society, 111 W. Main St. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Saturdays and noon-3 p.m. Thursdays. Proceeds benefit the historical society.
“We think it will be a great Christmas gift,” Vance said.
The committee spent nearly 18 months pulling together information for the book. The Copy Source in Marysville published it.
“I think there is a lot of information in the book that the newer residents of Plain City may find surprising,” Vance said.
For details, call Vance at (614) 570-2962.