Warrensburg Town Historian Sandi Parisi (front left) signs a copy of the new town history book for Mike Prescott (right) while Steve Parisi (left rear) signs the volume for people attending the book’s debut Feb. 16 at Lizzie Keays Restaurant. The book, considered a collector’s item, will continue to be on sale at the Warrensburg Museum of Local History. Photo by Barbara Whitford
Dozens of people converged on Lizzie Keays Restaurant Sunday Feb. 16 to purchase the new 184-page book, “Warrensburg — 200 Years of People, Places, and Events.” recently published by the Warrensburgh Historical Society. The book was published to commemorate the town’s bicentennial, which occurred Feb. 12, 2013.
The five-year project, directed by Town Historian Sandi Parisi, contains hundreds of articles and photographs from a score of contributors. More than half of the items were written by John Hastings, while Steve Parisi spent more than a year editing, fact-checking, designing, and preparing the book for printing. Thousands of hours have gone into producing this book, already considered a collector’s treasure.
The book not only features a wide variety of personalities from the past, but people from recent decades who have exerted influence on the future of Warrensburg.
Topics range from the town’s earliest settlers in the late 18th Century to more recent notable events and people of the 1900s. The book also describes industries, businesses, recreational activities and events in Warrensburg, a thriving community which has been influential in the region since it was founded a little over 200 years ago.
The book’s wide range of topics is exemplified by the size of its 19-page index, which has more than 2,300 listings.
The retail price of the book is $19.95. Following its debut, the volume will be available for purchase at the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History as well as retail outlets.