All those photos taken years ago when you were a child. All those photos sitting in drawers or picture books not opened in years. All those photos handed down from generation to generation in your family.
"The Statesboro Herald respectfully asks you to bring your photos to our office so we can look at them and possibly include them in a pictorial history book about our community we are putting together," said Joe McGlamery, president of the Statesboro Herald.
To mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the daily newspaper in its first form as the weekly Bulloch Herald, the Statesboro Herald will release in November "Statesboro Through Our Eyes."
The book will include hundreds of images depicting the history of the Statesboro and Bulloch County communities.
Many of the images will come from the collections of the Bulloch County Historical Society, Georgia Southern's Henderson Library and the Statesboro Regional Library. And the rest will come from the public — photos from people whose families have lived in the area for generations.
"There's so much history right in our backyard and I know so many people have photos and images from the past that tell the story of our communities," McGlamery said.
The Herald is partnering with Pediment Publishing to publish the coffee table-type book and representatives from Pediment will be in Statesboro the week of Feb. 27-March 3 to help the public get their photos into the pictorial history book.
There will be three sessions where the public is invited to bring their photos or any image to the Statesboro Herald office on Proctor St. in downtown Statesboro. The dates and times are:
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, March 1, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m.-noon.
“If you have a print of a photo, a slide, a negative, bring those in,” said Randy Morton, publisher of the Herald. “Even if you have a photo in a frame that can’t be removed, bring that in. We’ll have equipment onsite that can capture that image. If you have photos on a CD or digital photos you can put on a jump drive – we want to see them all.”
All images will be scanned in the Herald office and returned immediately to the owner. After an image is scanned the owner will be asked to fill out a form giving the Herald permission to use the photo and also describing the image with as much detail as possible. There is no charge for submitting a photo and having it scanned.
Photo forms are available to download online at statesboroherald.com and in the Herald office. Forms will be available at the scanning sessions on Feb. 28 and March 1 and 3.
“I was born and raised in Bulloch County and I found some photos from the 40s of my father and older brother in a tobacco field that I have submitted,” Morton said. “It was fun looking through those old pictures and maybe they’ll be in the book and become a part of the recorded history of our community. Bring in your photos and become part of our history, too.”
James Healy can be reached at (912) 489-9402.