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Your Photos Could Help Tell Mercer Island's Story

Local author seeking photos for pictorial history book.

As part of an Arcadia Publishing project - a publisher known for their local pictorial history books - Mercer Island resident and author Priscilla Padgett is seeking photo contributions for a planned Mercer Island edition.

Padgett is looking for photos that capture the varied history of Mercer Island through the years. Examples include pictures from civic organizations, scenes from around town, scenes of landmarks, outdoor photography and school pictures.

Padgett says that other historical items are also of interest, like memorabilia, ticket stubs, posters, advertising, newspaper clipping, postcards and ferry schedules. Anything that could help tell Mercer Island's story going back to the early 1900s.

Padgett needs the images to be of high quality, not something clipped form a newspaper or yearbook. Anyone with an intersting photo can submit negatives, digital files, prints or slides. Those intersted can contact Padgett by email at priscillaledbetter@comcast.net.

Padgett will also need the owner of the photo to be able to provide some information about the picture as each image in the book will be accompanied by an informative caption.

A reporter with a degree in documentary filmmaking, Padgett has high hopes for the project.

"It's going great," Padgett said.

Padgett has already collected between 40 and 50 pictures from various archives and has enjoyed digging into Mercer Island's history.

"It's a lot to learn," Padgett said.

Jerry Gropp Architect AIA May 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I've just written a PatchBlog on this. J- http://mercerisland.patch.com/blog_posts/some-mercer-island-schools-may-well-need-replacing-heres-one
Jane Meyer Brahm May 11, 2012 at 08:22 PM
The Mercer Island Historical Society is in the final editing stages a new edition of its Mercer Island history book, first published in 1977. A volunteer editorial committee directed by the Historical Society has been researching, collecting photos and materials, writing and revising the book for the past 3 years. The book is expected to be published this winter. All proceeds of the sale of the book will benefit the Historical Society, and in the future fund a robust, searchable web site that will contain photos, memoirs, documents and other historical data. We believe the publication of another local history at this time is ill-advised, confusing to the public and detrimental to the fund-raising capacity of the Mercer Island Historical Society. While the two projects are different in scope – the Historical Society’s book will be a complete text of the Island’s history from the 1800s to now, with hundreds of photos, while the Arcadia book will be photos and captions only – they will be competing publications. We have been on a photo search for three years, so if you think you have some photos to share, we’d be happy to hear from you. Contact us at: 9611 S.E. 36th Street, Mercer Island; www.mihistory.org; info@mihistory.org; 236-3274. Our volunteer project will benefit the Mercer Island community, because the money raised here will stay here. Mercer Island Historical Society Board
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA May 11, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Jane- I'm glad to see you commenting on Mercer Island Patch. We got to know each other when you were a client of mine and I remodeled your newly purchased JG East Seattle custom home. J-

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