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History of Andrew County Told Through Photographs

Andrew County Museum and Historical Society pens new book on the county's rural way of life.

April 18, 2012 - PRLog -- The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Andrew County: A Rural Way of Life from the Andrew County Museum and Historical Society. The book boasts more than 200 vintage photographs and memories of days gone by.

Fertile land lured settlers to Andrew County in the 19th century, and the productive land exerted its hold on farm families for generations thereafter. As America shifted from farm to city life, Andrew County remained a collection of rural towns serving the needs of nearby farms.

Country people came to town to get their mail or shop at the general store. On the courthouse square, they gossiped with friends and neighbors. Their rural way of life, however, never isolated them from economic or technological change, nor from the nation’s vibrant popular culture.

In the 20th century, farm families drove to town to enjoy The Wizard of Oz at a movie theater. Kitchens became outfitted with electric ranges and refrigerators, and a mastery of the “science of agriculture” proved necessary to manage large and mechanized farming operations. In short, county residents displayed a remarkable ability to adapt to change while retaining their traditional values.

Glenn Uminowicz is director of the Andrew County Museum and Historical Society. Many of the images in this book first appeared in the museum’s exhibit A Rural Way of Life, which received a Governor’s Humanities Award for extraordinary community achievement through the Missouri Humanities Council in 2010.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit www.arcadiapublishing.com.

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With more than 7,500 local history titles published to date, Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Widely recognized sepia books feature hundreds of vintage historical images.

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