The Statesboro Herald is putting together a pictorial history book to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the newspaper by the Coleman family in 1937.
The hard-back book – “Statesboro Through Our Eyes” – will be published in November and will include hundreds of photographs tracing the history of Statesboro and Bulloch County. Along with the photographs, the coffee-table book will include a number of front pages from the Bulloch and Statesboro Herald newspapers.
Some of the fronts will be of national historical significance like the bombing of Pearl Harbor, JFK’s assassination, man first walking on the moon and the 9/11 attacks. But we also want to include front pages that record events of important local history.
For example, George W. Bush became the first sitting president to visit Statesboro when he made a stop at Hanner Fieldhouse in 2006 to campaign for congressional candidate Max Burns. His appearance certainly did not have national impact, but it is a historic event for Statesboro. The front page reporting Bush’s visit is shown below.
Some of the other local front pages we will feature include the founding of Georgia Southern and its ascension 80 plus years later to university status. But the Herald needs your help in identifying other local historic events and dates that would have been reported on the front pages of the newspapers in Statesboro and Bulloch County.
“We can’t put together a comprehensive history of our area without the help of our readers,” said Randy Morton, publisher of the Herald. “Let us know what you think are significant dates in the history of our community.”
Events could be a natural disaster, a fire or an occasion that had a long-lasting effect on the area. If you think an event was of historic importance to Statesboro and Bulloch County, please let us know.
You can email your events to executive editor Jim Healy at email@example.com or you can go online and put the event on the Herald’s Facebook page or on a Herald blog. Also, you may call Healy at (912) 489-9402 and let him know about an event.