Highland County Historical Society is hosting a book signing from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 . Charlotte Pack will be on hand to sign copies of her rerelease of “Time Travels.” You may bring a copy of the book you already own, or copies are available for purchase in the museum shop at the Highland House.
Released by Chatfield Publishing Company in August, “Time Travels: 200 Years of Highland County History,” told through diaries, letters, stories and photos is now available again. Time Travels is a look back – and occasionally to the present– at over 200 years of Highland County history. The book is unique in the list of traditional local history books in that Pack has tapped many previous unknown or overlooked sources for her stories.
Pack spent three years compiling the stories, which range from previously untold tales of pioneer times, to stories etched by local settlers of their everyday lives, to a collection of local ghost stories. “Time Travels” also contains a detailed section of each township’s individual history, and a cross-section of uniquely Highland County stories from 1900 to 2005. Readers will also find an in-depth look at the Gist Settlement story, and of the Lincoln School arson and ensuing desegregation case of the 1950s. The book contains over 100 pictures.
“A common complaint about reading and studying history is that the information is dry and boring,” Pack explains in her introduction. “’Time Travels’ focuses on interviews, letters, personal stories and remembrances of a variety of people, not on dry facts alone. This type of information provides a human connection to history.”
The book is more than a local history book. The information in the book is a source that stands as an example of the nation’s development because local history reflects national history. What takes place in the country at a national level affects people at the state, regional, and local level, Pack said.
Submitted by Vicki Knauff, director, Highland House Museum.