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Imaging Specialists Receives Honors in Morehead City

The North Carolina Society of Historians awarded the Garland P. Stout Publisher’s Award to Imaging Specialists on Saturday, October 10 at their annual banquet held this year at The History Place in Morehead City.

In a complete surprise, Imaging Specialists also received the President’s Award for the array of historical projects we’ve generated this year, mainly, for the Sesquicentennial. The President’s award is only given to one (unknowing) recipient each year by the NC Society of Historians and we were proud to accept it.

Along with these, we received awards for the Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society web site,, the Alleghany County Sesquicentennial Committee web site, the Alleghany Map jigsaw puzzle, the Aerial photos puzzle, the Sesquicentennial Schedule of Events brochure, and the Alleghany Star Vol. 1, No. 1 reprint in the Paul Green Multimedia Award.

LtoR: Claire, Sharon & Jeff Halsey – Imaging Specialists, Elizabeth Sherrill – NCSH President, Ernest & Agnes Joines- Alleghany Jubilee and Betty & Ken Richardson – Alleghany County Commissioner.

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New Sesquicentennial Souvenirs Available From ISI

Imaging Specialists has just completed our latest project for Alleghany County’s Sesquicentennial. Working with NAPCO, here in Sparta, and local artists, we’ve generated several gift items for fundraising. In the project, there are 4 adult and one child’s jigsaw puzzles, a photo album and a case for the 4-CD set Ernest Joines has made to commemorate Alleghany musicians. The puzzle boxes are being assembled by ADAP, here in Sparta. The adult puzzles are all 12″ x 18″. The Children’s puzzle is 12″ x 16″.

Here are some of the items we’ve been working on:

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Alleghany Star Vol. 1, No. 1

ISI recently completed publication of 10,000 copies of a reprint of the original 1889 Alleghany Star Newspaper. We scanned a copy of the newspaper supplied by Sparta Mayor John Miller. The original paper was only 4 pages with few ads.

ISI added 4 more pages of county news stories and 78 period style ads. Advertisers were encouraged to submit ads in the same style as the original 1889 Star pages, without logos. Any logos we received, we regenerated to line illustrations. Though not entirely historically accurate (some clip art was from the 1920’s) the paper contained no photos, colors, or screens. All illustrations were line shot style in black and white.

Publishing the entire paper, from inception to delivery was approximately 2 months. ISI sold all ads, built or rebuilt all (but 3) and got 100% advertiser approval before the print date.

This first fundraiser for the Alleghany County Sesquicentennial put the finance committee in the black before the kickoff at the Mountain Heritage Festival from ad sales alone, as all but one ad was paid for by deadline. Copies are available at 50-cents per copy all around Sparta.

Here are examples of ads we generated: