History of Monticello Told Through Photographs

Local authors team up on new book revealing Monticello's history through photographs
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Sept. 26, 2011 - PRLog -- The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Monticello from local authors Mary Heady and Mark Spencer. The book boasts more than 200 vintage photographs and memories of days gone by.

Settled by pioneers who referred to themselves as “rough and ready” and named after Thomas Jefferson’s elegant estate in Virginia, Monticello has a colorful past that blends folklore and history to the point where separating one from the other would be nearly impossible—and controversial to boot. Continuous growth and prosperity have made it the hub of southeast Arkansas and a mecca for regionally located Arkansans when hard economic times have hit.

Generally believed to be the most affluent town in the state from 1890 to 1920, Monticello provided opportunity, from early on, to those seeking fulfillment of the American Dream. Education has long been at the heart of Monticello’s ability to flourish, and its relationship with the University of Arkansas at Monticello has always been symbiotic.

Highlights of Monticello:
•   Proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to the Drew County Historical Society.
•   The book contains several images from private collections, which have never been made public before.
•   Many of the images are of buildings that are no longer standing.
•   The book highlights the relationship between the town and the university.

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

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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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