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Old 12-08-2010, 07:09 PM   #5
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This post might be a bit late to help you, because you should have decided how to approach it by now. However, I've written a few local history projects. If you're putting together a tourist type book - lots of photos to accompany text - what a printer once said to me was a book for people who can't read - then treat each subject separately, so the reader focuses on each topic, sort of potted histories, married to the photos. On the other hand, if you're covering the whole town over a fair period of time, and you want it to be a serious piece of work, then run on a time line as one occurance in a town will affect everything else, e.g., economic recessions or booms. Society is fabric that is woven together. It will also save you covering the same ground over and over. Go to as many original sources as you can. Everybody makes errors and these get quoted time and time again and tend to snowball. Producing a good local history is hard and lengthy work, but very interesting and you will pick up a lot of collateral information which you should be able to use elsewhere, or which will lead you down another road when you've finished the project in hand. Best of luck with it.

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