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UPDATE: Alleghany Library’s ReadFest POSTPONED

UPDATE: Due to the weather, the event has been postponed. We’ll let you know when it is rescheduled.

Monday afternoon, on Oct. 29, we’ll be a part of ReadFest at Alleghany County Public Library. The event will start at 1:00 and last till 4:00. Come out and join us and other local authors. (Suzanne Irwin will be there, as well.)

We’ll have copies of our history books and Paths and Passages with us, if you haven’t seen them yet. We’ll also have information on Star Route Books and publishing, if that’s something you’re considering.

We look forward to seeing you at the Library on Monday!

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ISI Receives Awards from NCSH

If you came to the release party for Paths & Passages -Navigating the Blue Ridge and Stratford Oaks Tales, The Tale of Gretchen, you’ve heard our latest news. If you weren’t able to attend, here it is:

Imaging Specialists Inc - 2012 NCSH AwardsSaturday, the 20th, we traveled to Mooresville, NC for the annual awards banquet of the North Carolina Society of Historians. Imaging Specialists was well represented this year: Claire Halsey was awarded a Paul Jehu Barringer, Jr. & Sr. Award of Excellence for her genealogy work and Jeff Halsey was named the NCSH Historian of the Year!

ISI also received a Willie Parker Peace History Book Award for the latest book in our history series, Regimental History of the 61st NC Infantry (published last fall) about Alleghany County men in the Civil War. We gathered text, photos, battle maps and battle summaries for the book; laid out and re-set the text; and optimized the photos for the book which is now available on-demand from Star Route Books and in our shop in Sparta.

Suzanne Mellow Irwin and Zach Hamm, with their families, also attended the meeting and won awards for the first in their series of children’s books, The Stratford Oaks Tales. Zach received a Paul Green Multimedia Award for his artwork and Suzanne a Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award for the story.

A couple of projects of the Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society also won awards. We were proud to accept awards for the newsletter- our fourth!- Joe M. McLaurin Newsletter Award and the Alleghany Historical Museum, which won an Evelina D. Miller Museum Award.

Elizabeth Bray Sherrill, President NCSH and Jeff Halsey NCSH 2012 Historian of the Year

Imaging Specialists publishes the AHGS quarterly newsletters. We also produce the books in the Stratford Oaks series.

We plan to submit several projects and nominate others others in our community for consideration in 2013.

If you know of other projects you think deserve recognition, nomination forms are located on the NCSH site.

Imaging Specialists and the Halsey family is proud to have accepted these honors from the North Carolina Society of Historians. We sincerely appreciate the consideration of President Elizabeth Sherrill, the NCSH Board and the Judges. And we appreciate the help and support of the Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society.

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Book Release Party & Signing

Join us Monday, October 22, to celebrate the release of Paths & Passages and The Stratford Oaks Tales: The Tale of Clyde.

Dr. Suzanne Mellow Irwin and Illustrator Zach Hamm will be at The Sparta Store to sign the latest in their Stratford Oaks series.

Photographer Jeff Halsey will also have copies of the latest from Star Route Books, Paths & Passages, available.

Come by to see the new books and hear a few special announcements, as well.

We’ll have some goodies ready to eat and drink. Make your plans now to see us on the 22nd. The event will start at 3 and last till 6. But, if folks are hanging around visiting past then, we won’t run anybody off! We look forward to seeing you!