Mt. Lebanon's Rich History Depicted in New Photo Book

By Santoni, Matthew | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 6, 2011 | Go to article overview

Mt. Lebanon's Rich History Depicted in New Photo Book


Santoni, Matthew, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The Historical Society of Mt. Lebanon is hoping a new book will help raise the organization's profile and bolster interest in the municipality's rich history.

The society's Member Appreciation Day to be held on Saturday highlights the new book of Mt. Lebanon historical photos, which was released last week by Arcadia Publishing, with a portion of the profits supporting the society's programs and operations, said President M.A. Jackson.

"We've been wanting to do one of these books for a long time," she said. "Mt. Lebanon Magazine did a history book around 2000, so we figured we'd hold off."

The black-and-white photos for the book came largely from the historical society's archives, with some contributions from the fire and police departments, the school district and residents, Jackson said.

The Historical Society purchased about 400 of the books at a discount for resale, and will get to keep about half the profits on the books it sells for $21.99 each. It gets a smaller fraction from copies sold through other retailers, such as Barnes & Noble, Jackson said.

"The money goes into our general fund, and we use that to pay for maintaining our artifacts," said Jim Wojcik, vice president. "It's expensive to maintain this stuff, to preserve it ... to maintain a computerized database cataloging it all. …

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