David Shore said the idea came about when the Historical Society created a Canton Hotel Christmas ornament.
“That sort of spawned it,” Shore said. “We thought it would be a great way of preserving pictures so that everyone could share them.”
It occurred to Historical Society members that if they didn’t compile pictures now, there was a good chance that people who had them could die or they could be lost forever. They started work in earnest last April and once the Historical Society alerted people in the area of what they were doing, plenty of people came forward to contribute.
Shore’s wife, Barbara, said they received many pictures from out-of-state, with some from as far away as Michigan, Pennsylvania North Carolina and Florida. Most of these people either used to live in Canton before moving away or still have family in the county.
More than 500 hundred photographs are included in the book, which also contains an index. Barbara said that only names are listed in the index, although it doesn’t list subjects or locations. This way, people looking through the book can find pictures of any possible relatives immediately.
Collecting the photos for publication was a grueling task. Nell Wallace, one of the contributors, said that no one had computer software to touch up the pictures. Because of this, she and several others went to Wal-Mart of Walgreen’s in Hopkinsville to duplicate them and touch them up. Sometimes they would try to use photos taken by professional photographers. It didn’t matter how old they were. The stores wouldn’t allow them to be duplicated because of copyright laws, Barbara said.
Wallace said most of the pictures came from Trigg County. However, several were mailed to her and some even drove to town to give them to her.
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