Photos sought for Bonner pictorial history book
The city of Bonner Springs is set to be the next subject in a series of books chronicling the photographic history of small towns and downtowns across the country.
Arcadia Publishing plans to create a book with up to 220 historical images of Bonner Springs in its Images of America series, with the help of local history buff Roger Miller. In order to make the book available by the city's annual Tiblow Days festival in August, Miller has set a deadline of mid-February to gather and organize photos. He currently is asking the community to contribute their own photos of Bonner’s sites and residents.
The format for the Images of America books is to tell a town’s history from its founding to present day through photos.
“It’s mostly photos with the history (related to the image) written with it, so it’s not in-depth, but hopefully we can get as much historical information as possible in there,” Miller said.
About 40 books have been published on other Kansas towns and topics. But Miller said he had never heard of the books until a couple of months ago.
“I got a phone call wanting to know if I would be interested (in authoring a book about Bonner), and I didn’t know what they were talking about,” he said.
It turns out Miller, a former president of the Wyandotte County Historical Society, was recommended to the publishers by Patricia Schurkamp, director of the Wyandotte County Historical Museum. She had worked on the publisher’s recently-released book about Kansas City, Kan., with its author, Joe Vaughn.
Though Miller has not previously written anything beyond articles for pharmacy magazines during his time as the owner of Miller Pharmacy, he liked the idea of helping create a more “up-to-date,” comprehensive book of Bonner history. Written and photographic histories of the city are spread among several other sources and things like the Centennial commemorative calendar.
However, thanks to the previously-written items and the locally-famous Urbin Rudell photo collection, Miller knows he has a good basis for the book, which will have space for between 180 and 220 photos.
“There’s some nice history here, and the deal will just be how to put it all together and get it updated,” he said.
Miller has started to make a list of important people, places and businesses to include in the book, but he will ask the community to submit their own photos for consideration. Photos must be digitally scanned at a high resolution, so Miller hopes to organize a day some time after Christmas when the community can bring submitted photos to the Bonner Springs City Library.
The Chieftain will share more information about a day to submit photos for the book as it becomes available. In the meantime, contact Miller at 913-422-5191 about submitting photos for the book.