Paradise Valley district working on third history book

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March 31, 2015 8:15 AM

Every person and place has a story. The Paradise Valley and District Senior Citizens project is counting on residents in the Three Cities area to tell it.

Following the West of the 4th and Oxen Tales to Jet Trails books, which told the Three Cities district’s history up to the 1980s, the Paradise Valley and District Senior Citizens group is working on a third history book. The project’s committee is asking folks from Paradise Valley, McLaughlin and Rivercourse to submit photos and written stories that capture the mood and culture of their communities and submit it by April 15.

“Emotionally, I would say like 95 per cent of the people are just so excited (for the third book), especially the people who were born since the first book was published,” said Charleen Teasdale, member of the book project committee. “They’re excited now to have their stories told.”

However, with about two weeks until the submission deadline, Teasdale says that physical participation hasn’t quite matched the mental anticipation.

“Physically, I would say we probably have a quarter of the stories submitted so far,” she said.

If participation remains on the low side, the book will likely be released as a photo book. If contribution increases to around 200 families, the stories could be published as a coil bound book.

Paradise Valley, McLaughlin and Rivercourse are known mostly as agricultural communities. As of the 2011 Canadian census, they had a combined population under 1,000.

The book, which has yet to be officially named, will be available for pre-order online via PayPal, and available for purchase at the Paradise Valley Climb Thru Time Museum during the summer.

To submit a story or photo, or to gain more information, folks can email the committee at paradisevalleybook@outlook.com.

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