The Valdosta Daily Times
Several Valdosta residents participated in the first scanning session of “Lowndes County Memories, A Pictorial History of Lowndes County: The 1800s-1960s” on Tuesday.
With pictures in tow, these families decided to be a permanent part of Lowndes County’s history by being included in the historic book publication.
This photographic history of Lowndes County is being sponsored by First State Bank and Trust, in collaboration with The Valdosta Daily Times, and the Lowndes County Historical Society and Museum, and will offer Lowndes residents a unique look into their county’s past. It will combine pictures from the Lowndes County Historical Museum as well as pictures brought in by individuals to offer a history of Lowndes County from the 1800s to the late 1960s.
This book is being composed by Pediment Books, a family-owned company run by Brad and Wendy Fenison with the help of their children, Chris and Ashley. Brad decided to begin the company 16 years ago after a long career in newspapers.
“I guess my background in newspapers and my passion for creating something for critique led me to this. I also have a love of old photographs and a belief in community projects,” Brad said.
During the first day, photos were brought in of many residents’ family members including a nursing graduate, a past judge and a former Valdosta firefighter. These pictures, along with others expected throughout the week, will be combined with photos found in the museum of events held in the city, downtown scenes and past community groups.
Brad feels that these books emphasize two things.
“They emphasize the sense of community that already exists and brings a spotlight to it. It also chronicles history. Not just everyday history, but people’s history.”
Residents are encouraged to bring photos of family members, sports teams, clubs and events. All of the pictures must have been taken in Lowndes County, though they do not have to have been taken by the person submitting them. It is also great if names can be included with the pictures, though with groups only a year is required. Each family will be allowed to bring up to 10 photos and all pictures must be original prints, not photocopies. The prints should be from 1860 to 1969.
If you are interested in bringing in your photos, please come by one of the two scheduled scanning sessions. The next scanning session will be held Thursday, July 18, from 2-5 p.m. The final scanning session will be held Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.. All of the sessions are held at the Lowndes County Historical Museum located at 305 W. Central Ave., downtown.