Quasquicentennial Books: Hot off the presses!

Posted October 11, 2012 at 5:00 am

The Akron Quasquicentennial Book is finally here. There are only 300 of these hardcover books, consisting of 376 pages of the last 30 years of Akron history: 1982 – 2012.

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Akron Quasquicentennial Books are at the Akron City Hall. Deputy Clerk Karen Wardrip (l) began selling the books Oct. 4. One of the first customers was Karen Taylor-Mortensen of Akron.

Book’s Contents

The book contains six chapters.

The first is 28 pages of historical highlights from the Akron Register-Tribune and The Akron Hometowner archives. This chapter contains photographs from the Quasquicentennial Celebration in 2007 and documents who were on the committees, the schedule of events, the logo created, and the winners of the various contests. For the year 2007, book editor Julie Ann Madden highlighted 125th anniversary year historical tidbits about the town’s triumphs and tragedies, just to name a few. This section also contains Akron-Westfield and Greater Hoyt achievements throughout the past 30 years.

The second chapter is entitled “Our Businesses.” There are three subsections in these 110 pages. The first goes through Akron’s downtown business district street by street and side by side of each block as well as Akron’s Industrial Park and Akron Business Park. To the best of my ability, I researched each building back to 1981, documenting the businesses that had been in each. It’s as accurate as the information I found and/or was given,” said Madden. The second subsection is the “public entities” such as Akron’s ambulance, fire, police, city officials, library, Akron Care Center, Akron Children’s Center, Akron Golf Course, Akron Senior Center, Akron Parks & Recreation and more.

The third subsection is individual businesses’ photographs and histories, and it contains about 200 businesses.

“I’m thankful and deeply indebted to those who answered my every question and helped me decipher all of the changes in Akron’s entrepreneurs the past 30 years,” said Madden.

The third chapter is on the Akron-Westfield School District. It contains the class photographs from 1981 – 2011 as well as photographs of the school buildings and the final Greater Hoyt School Board.

The fourth chapter is on area organizations. It includes the complete list of productions at the Akron Opera House and a list of names of those whose flags are in the Legion’s Avenue of Flags. The service clubs, 4-H groups, Legion and Auxiliary are just a few of about 25 organizations included.

The fifth chapter is on Akron’s churches. There is information on 14 area churches, past and present.

The final chapter is family histories. There are 163 pages of families’ stories.

Special Thank You

A special thank you to Karen Taylor-Mortensen who was in charge of “fixing” the photographs for publication, said Madden. Also to The Akron Hometowner owners Dodie and Joe Hook who allowed Akron newspaper archives to be used, and to all who helped check facts and proofed the copy.

Purchasing Books

To purchase a book, stop by the Akron City Hall during the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost is $50 and must be paid at the time of purchase.

Books can also be mailed. Shipping costs will be added to the purchase of the book.

Remember, there were only 300 books printed and there are no plans to do a second printing, according to Akron Quasquicentennial Committee Members Warren Thompson and Harold Higman, Jr.

Submitted Photographs, Stories

If anyone wants the photographs and/or articles they submitted for this book, check at City Hall.

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