Monday, January 16, 2012

My Hometown on Monday - Sesquicentennial Book Story Preparation

My Hometown on Monday
Sesquicentennial Book Story Preparation

Coon Rapids, Iowa, my hometown, will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding, the Sesquicentennial, in July of 2013. Recently, in an insert in the local newspaper, The Coon Rapids Enterprise, there was a call for submissions of stories for a Sesquicentennial Book. It calls for stories up to 300 words with a photo for a variety of categories. See the actual brochure for details and examples.

Here are the categories:

  • All households, both old and new families, both previous and present residents.
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • All social, civic and fraternal organizations
  • Cemeteries
  • Businesses
  • Agriculture
  • Military
  • Celebrations

We have started working on our family stories; I've done a draft on my Mom and Dad's family, and each of their parents families, Smiths and Kinnicks. We've been asked to work on Bolger and Thomas stories, for my wife's side, since we have the information. All entries are due by 1 Feb 2012, in Coon Rapids, at the Library or the City Clerk's office. Seems like a short deadline, but we'll work hard this week to meet it.

I posted a scan of all three pages of the brochure on Facebook. Here is the front page only. Let me know if you need the other pages. [email: billsmith2003 at]

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. Looks like you'll be busy over the next few weeks. But, it will be FUN work- the best kind! What a wonderful project to have!

  2. Yes, Susan. We are working hard. Thanks for leaving a comment! ;-)