Two collector books slated for the 175th

    Members of the 175th Anniversary Committee in Decatur have announced that website has been created and two collector books will be printed.
    The website is and features a schedule of events, a short history of the city, a page on which to shop for 175th anniversary souvenirs, and a "contact us" page so people can say what they think and add ideas to better the celebration.
    The committee said the site will be continually updated.
    The committee also has a FaceBook page that is updated often: "Decatur 175."
    It was also announced that two collector books will be printed, with availability by about mid-June.
    One will be "A Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Decatur," featuring 50 points of interest, with a map for self-guided tours and a brief description of each site within five blocks of the original area of the city. It will include numerous photographs to compare old days with modern times.
    Only 300 numbered copies will be printed and the price will be $10 per copy.
    To order the book, go to the website.    
    Also to be published is "Decatur 175 Celebration Official Souvenir Book," which will be an 8.5-inch by 11-inch softcover that features history stories about buildings and events, biographies of the city's namesake (U.S. naval commander Stephen Decatur) and the city's founder (Samuel L. Rugg).
    Also in the book will be stories about the courthouse, the Peace Monument, the Santa Claus Train, visits to Decatur by John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan before their elections as president, the first Callithumpian parade, and much more.
    The committee said the book will contain photos never seen in public before.
    The cost will be $12 per copy.
    Anyone who wants to contribute stories about Decatur or old photographs for the book should call Larry Isch, 724-7429, or Max Miller, 223-0102.
    This book also can be ordered from the website.