Celebrating Winnsboro History
Book Launch Party for Bill Jones & Maryann Miller
Winnsboro, TX ---- Ever since Bill Jones became the unofficial Winnsboro Historian and started writing a column, Reflections of Winnsboro, for the Winnsboro News, people have talked about how wonderful it would be to have a history book of the town with his name on it. Thanks to Arcadia publishing, that wish has become a reality with the July 22nd release of the book, Images Of America, Winnsboro, which is now on sale at a number of places around town.
On Sunday, August 11th at 1p.m., the Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA) will host a Book Launch Party for Bill and his co-author, Maryann Miller, and the public is invited to come and celebrate with them and the Board of Directors.
"It was such a joy for me to work with Bill," says Maryann. "I only had to ask a question and he would relate facts and stories that were fascinating. This project started with Arcadia contacting me. They wanted to publish a book about Winnsboro, and they found me on the Internet because of the other books I have written. They asked if I could do a book about the history of our town, and I told them that I couldn't do it alone as I'm too new here, but I happen to be friends with the local historian. They agreed that the book could be co-authored, so we signed a contract."
Bill and Maryann worked for close to a year compiling pictures and organizing information into a chronological order from the earliest settlers until present time. There were many local people who helped by supplying pictures, sharing family histories, and just encouraging the work as it progressed. Bob Williams, a professional photographer was most helpful in taking pictures that are included in the book, and the Winnsboro Center For the Arts provided a space for the writers to meet on a regular basis.
All proceeds from book sales on August 11th will go to WCA, and a portion of the authors' royalties will also be donated as long as the book continues to sell. "We appreciate the Center giving us a place to work," Miller says. "And we want this project to benefit them as much as possible. We are both on the board there, so it is a place that is dear to our hearts."
The authors hope that readers will enjoy this look at the rich history of Winnsboro, and perhaps they will be prompted to capture their own history for posterity. "Where we have come from shapes us in so many ways that it is good to look back at those influences," says Bill. "It is important to record, preserve and pass on to future generations our historical resources."
About the Authors
After graduating from Winnsboro High School, Bill started working in the oil field before serving in the U.S. Air Force, then returned to East Texas to get a degree in History and English. After graduating, he taught school in Longview then El Paso. Later, he had his own real estate investment company in Dallas, before returning once again to his roots in East Texas. He writes a weekly column for the Winnsboro News, Reflections of Winnsboro, and is active with the Preservation League
A journalist and award-winning author, Maryann Miller is a more recent transplant to East Texas, and she loves the fellowship and creative spirit she has found in Winnsboro. While acting as the Managing Editor of WinnsboroToday.com, she enjoyed meeting and writing about the people and places that are important to the community. Currently, she is the Theatre Director and a board member of the Winnsboro Center for the Arts. Miller has written a number of books, both fiction and nonfiction, and her writing has garnered numerous awards, including the Page Edwards Short Fiction Award. She is currently working on the Seasons Series of mysteries that debuted with Open Season (2010) and continued with Stalking Season (2012)
EMBRACING THE SPIRIT OF CREATIVITY