Scott County family history book among bicentennial projects

Thursday, May 30, 2019

BENTON, Mo. — Plans are underway to create a second edition of a book about Scott County history and families, which will be released in time for the county’s bicentennial in 2021.

At a May 6 meeting at Blodgett to discuss community ideas for celebrating Scott County’s bicentennial in 2021, the Scott County Bicentennial Committee announced plans to publish a history book spotlighting the first 200 years of the county’s history.

“Scott County, Missouri History and Families, Volume II—Bicentennial Edition” will be the first book produced that focuses on Scott County history since the first volume was released in 2003, said committee chairperson Margaret Heuring.

“As years pass, families, schools, businesses, churches have changed,” said bicentennial member Gail Crader. “With the celebrations of Missouri’s 200th birthday, this book would be a great reflection of the past and a great opportunity to look to the future and its possibilities.”

Crader, who is chair of the bicentennial committee, noted the county has changed since 1985, and so have its families.

“Not all families were represented in the last book, and many new families have moved into Scott County,” said Crader. “And many families that were included in the last book have one or two new generations since then.”

Excitement about the bicentennial book project is spreading throughout the county.

“We are excited about the bicentennial,” said Dee Cookson of Morley. “Our Morley Community Betterment group is getting ready for the bicentennial. Having a book with our history and festivities would be good.”

All families that currently reside in Scott County, or have lived there in the past, will be invited to submit a history of their family, up to 500 words, as well as a photo, at no charge. Each household within a family can submit its own story and photo.

“This book is a good idea to gather information about our genealogy and to pass it on to our kids and grandkids; so that they will know and better understand for the future something about their past,” said Gary Ziegler of Kelso.

“Since it’s free to be included, this is a great opportunity for every household in the county to have their histories preserved in a beautiful coffee table book,” said Crader.

Sikeston publishing company Acclaim Press will be partnering with the bicentennial committee to produce the book. Acclaim Press is a leading publisher of community and county history books, including the soon-to-be-released “Oran, Missouri family history” book.

In addition to family histories, the book will contain histories of businesses, churches and schools, as well as profiles of communities throughout the county. Volunteers will be working in each community to ensure that their communities are well represented in the book.

“This project will need leaders in each town and village to initiate the gathering of the information, helpers to cover every aspect of the community and encouragers to meet the designated deadlines,” Crader said. “The result will be a book of historical information.”

The committee and community representatives will be distributing a brochure this summer that will provide submission guidelines for families, as well as how people can reserve a copy of the book in advance. The brochure will also list names and contact information for the community representatives.

Those who would like to assist the bicentennial committee with the book project can call Crader at (573) 513-3402.

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