Residents contribute old pictures for new Dothan book

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DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) - Pictures from Dothan residents will soon be published in a new book.

Dothan's daily newspaper, the Dothan Eagle, is partnering with the public library and Troy University to compile a pictorial history of the circle city.

People have been asked to contribute photos from the mid-1800s through the 1960's.

"Just some past memories more than anything," said Jerome Kilgore, a picture contributor.

Kilgore has lived in Dothan his entire life, and pictures are one way he recaptures flashbacks of Dothan.

Others brought family history.

"They loved Dothan," said Elizabeth Sconyers.

Boxes and boxes of old images, all thanks to Sconyers' grandfather and dad.

Her father was the assistant district attorney in the 60's and 70's

"He thought history is very, very important and maybe this is a way to honor him," said Sconyers.

When choosing what goes in, the publishers look at size, quality, how interesting, and how dynamic the pictures are.

"Most of the time you are walking in and not knowing what you are going to get," said Kaitlyn, acquisition editor.

Only photos are accepted and they must have been taken in Dothan.
They are digitized on site and color corrected on a computer program.

The chapters of the book will include views and street scenes, transportation, commerce, education, public service, community recreation and celebrations.

"It’s just a way of passing on memories," said Sconyers.

The book is scheduled to be published on Mother's Day 2019.
You can pre-order the book by contacting the Dothan Eagle.