Historical Society debuts new history book celebrating 200 years

Historical Society debuts new history book celebrating 200 years

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Bartholomew County Historical Society has given residents a coffee table volume of the past befitting a Twitter age.

That translates to bite-size nuggets of the area’s lore, ranging from Zaharakos’ beginnings to Tony Moravec’s resurrection of the classic eatery, from covered bridges to heavily covered heroes such as Tony Stewart. In short, the book shines literally in short.

For example, Clessie Cummins launch of Columbus’ now-global enterprise of Cummins Inc. is tightly summarized in six introductory sentences, speeding through his connection with W.G. Irwin in a two-page spread heavy with photos.

And therein lay author Tami Stone Iorio’s original intent, anyway, for “Bartholomew County: Celebrating 200 Years 1821-2021”: Focus on a picture book with sparse words to explain — and an index to get readers quickly where they want to go.

“I always will call it a photographic history,” Iorio said, adding that she is thrilled with how it all looks.

The 320-page book, which sold more than 20 copies even before its official launch date, is now available at the historical society, Viewpoint Books, and the Columbus Area Visitors Center for $40. Only 500 copies have been printed for the limited edition, and each local learning institution gets a copy for its library.

For the complete story, see Tuesday’s Republic.


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