Lampasas: Community History Book Progressing, More Than 400 Stories Submitted

By: Brittany Semadeni Email
By: Brittany Semadeni Email

LAMPASAS (March 27, 2013)--Lampasas County Historical Commission President Janie Potts is the brainchild of a new history book compilation that could be released this year.

“Lampasas County, Texas: Its History and Its People” Volume 2 has residents of the city and surrounding areas stepping back in time to remember their family history and memories of the town.

The original book, “Lampasas County, Texas: Its History and Its People” Volume 1, was published in 1991 and contained 442 pages of history.

The well-bound green book with gold lettering was such a hit when it was first published that once residents got wind of the new project, phones have been ringing off the hook, Book Committee Chairwoman Lenora Isenhour said.

Local residents have been submitting their family history and memories non-stop since the initial announcement of a second book.

The second volume will not only include history of its residents, but the histories of neighboring towns: Adamsville, Lometa and Kempner, and will also contain history of the local churches and organizations.

Maps of the towns will also be contained in the book.

The book is expected to be similar in size to the first one with the same color and lettering.

A deadline for submitting entries is set for Saturday.

“As long as they have a tie to Lampasas, we will accept their entry,” Isenhour said.

Once entries are confirmed to be factional, they are edited by three retired English teachers and some families will need to make minor changes before publication, Isenhour said.

The book will cost $50 if purchased before publication and a $6 shipping fee could be applied if residents are unable to pick it up in town.

The cost of the project is expected to exceed $30,000 and money raised from the sale will go toward paying off the publishing cost.

If money is left over, Isenhour said they hope to buy more first edition books which are currently out of stock.

The committee hopes to have the new book available by Christmas, but the timeline could change if issues arise during the publication process.

Last-minute entries can be submitted to lampasascountyhistorical@yahoo.com and must be sent in by Saturday.

To pre-purchase a book, checks can be made payable to LCHC at P.O. Box 528, Lampasas, Texas 76550.


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