Third volume of "Memories" available

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Barry County Museum hosted a book signing event for the third volume of "Lifetimes of Memories: Voices of Barry County" on July 12.

Narrators Dorothy Artwell, Sarge Carney, Cora Reed, Charles Weathers, Jewel Bratton, Wilma Hall and the daughters of the late Nellie Stever were on hand to sign autographs and visit with those attending the event.

"We were very pleased with the turn out," said Kathy White, Barry County Museum director. "We had between 100 and 125 people attending the event, and we sold around 230 books."

"Lifetimes of Memories: Voices of Barry County" is a compilation of an oral history project that has been conducted by Schrediah Mahurin since June of 2005. In order to collect the narratives for the series, Mahurin interviewed over 85 individuals about their lives in Barry County. The tape-recorded interviews were transcribed into the written narratives.

The first volume of "Lifetimes of Memories" included the narratives of Loren Cole, Charlene Jeffries, Eunice Lyall, Esther Weddington and the late Alta Coffee. That volume was released on Oct. 20, 2007.

The second volume, which was released in February, included narratives by Buck and Peggy Calton, Nelle Campbell, Raymond Phariss, Lloyd Reed and the late Aubry McNabb.

"Lifetimes of Memories: Voices of Barry County" is available at the Barry County Museum, which is located on Highway 112 south of Cassville. Each volume sells for $9.95, and all proceeds benefit the museum.

In addition to visiting with the narrators, those who attended last Saturday's book signing event enjoyed refreshments and toured the new Barry County Museum and Billie Dart's quilt exhibit.

For more information about the oral history project, which is underwritten by local businessman Jerry Watley, call White at 847-1640. The project is ongoing.

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