The much-anticipated second Wallowa County history book, “Wallowa County History – A Continuation,” is at the printers and is expected to arrive by mid-December.
The Wallowa County Museum Board book committee anticipated the 500-page volume, with index, to be completed much earlier, but unforeseen complications arose.
Book committee ramrod Katherine Stickroth suffered a serious injury from which she is still recovering and several other committee members have also faced personal tragedies over the past year. Book committee member Elane Dickenson praised board member Gay Fregulia for picking up much of the slack after Stickroth became unable to continue.
“We have had myriad of obstacles that slowed the production down, but we’re really happy the book will be out soon,” said Dickenson.
Dickenson said they expected the delivery of 300 hardbound and 300 softbound copies of the book in three weeks. That is 100 more books than originally planned. Approximately half of the books, mostly hardbound, have been presold.
The books sell for $75 hardbound and $45 soft bound.
The book committee is planning a book launch at The Place in Joseph, Dec. 12 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and again on Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals who preordered the book can pick their copies up, and swap history stories over a cookie and coffee. The museum board’s beef raffle will also begin at the book launch. Tickets for that will be available. McClaran beef: 1/2 beef, cut and wrapped.
Copies will be available after the book launch at a variety of outlets in the county.
The first coffee-table sized book, published in 1983, has become an heirloom, and a copy was raffled for $800 in 2014. That copy was presented to Elane Dickenson as a retirement gift when she left the Chieftain after 36 years as a reporter.