Saturday, June 24, 2006

This afternoon I met with Joe Conley, who is making his annual visit to Haralson County from Ohio. He is a descendent of the Hungarian and Slovak people who settled in Haralson County about a century ago, as recounted in Peggy Kimball's account at: http://hchistory.com/stories/Budapest.html

Joe has done extensive research on these people and has plans to write a book. I told him of the Society's hopes to publish a new county-wide history book using a printing-on-demand publisher like Amazon's BookSurge and suggested he might do likewise.

In the meantime, Joe delivered into my hands a large collection of hardcopy materials I will share with you at our next regular meeting. All the documents bear copyright statements should we want to get permission to re-publish them, for example online. The documents include family histories, maps and photographs, all permanently contributed to our hardcopy archives. Joe also gave me oral permission to exhibit the photos he just delivered, via the PC screensaver at the Historic Courthouse which presently shows Haralson County photos from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

I hope that before Joe departs we can get a photo of him and other local descendents of the wine-making colony settlers next to the historical marker which takes note of this interesting episode in county history.

Ron

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