Austin Jennings holds a rare copy of the original 1936 edition of Sterling Brown's "History of Woodbury and Cannon County Tennessee" as he speaks to a recent meeting of the Cannon County Historical Society.
Not too many folks get to celebrate birthdays beyond 100 years! But the Cannon County Historical Society (CCHS) is inviting everyone to join the celebration of Cannon County's 176th birthday by purchasing the 2012 reprint of the " History of Woodbury and Cannon County Tennessee."
The group is publishing an exact copy of the original 1936 classic by Sterling S. Brown. Even those lucky enough to own an original book will want one of the 2012 publications. The reprinted edition will include an all new 50-page index of proper names, and photos plus a detailed table of contents.
The original Brown book sold for $1.50 in 1936 and was published in connection with the county's 100th Anniversary and Homecoming Centennial Celebration. Ms. J. F. Adams, wife of Dr. Adams, served on the 1936 Centennial Committee. She and her husband's legacy live on with the many services provided by the Adams Memorial Library where the Sterling Brown historic reprint will be for sell.
According to volunteer Peggy Tate who serves as Adams Memorial Library genealogist and curator, the Brown history book is extremely popular. "It is so exciting to know we will be offering this valuable record of early Cannon County history and family ancestry to the hundreds people who have express a desire to own one," she said.
Austin Jennings, a long time Cannon County "mover and shaker" is heading up the project. All proceeds will go towards funding the CCHS Genealogy Room in the all new renovated and expanded Adams Memorial Library slated for ground-breaking this spring. The library building project is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Who knows what the 2012 reprint of the 1936 "History of Woodbury and Cannon County Tennessee" will sell for in another 25 years? When it can be found, the original Brown book and a 1976 reprint have been known to sell for more than $200 at estate sales.
The first 100 orders received for the 2012 "History of Woodbury and Cannon County Tennessee" reprint will get the book for $70.00. Make the checks payable to Brown History Reprint Project and mail to: Brown History Reprint, Adams Memorial Library, 212 College Street, Woodbury, TN 37190. The books may be picked up at the library, or mailed if you add $5 for shipping and handling.