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“Southeast Ohio: A Common Heritage” Book opening Dec. 8th at SEO History Center




Thursday, December 8th from 6-7:30pm, join us for the opening of The Athens Messenger’s newest local book on Southeast Ohio!  Refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. What a great gift for your special someone or those local folks who live away from our area. There will also be caroling!

The following was taken from The Athens Messenger website;

Did you know the precursor for the Declaration of Independence happened right here in Southeast Ohio? In fact, it happened right along the Hocking River with what’s known as the Fort Gower Resolves in 1774 when the militia declared it would defend the colonies against the king. The rich natural resources in our corner of the state were the seeds from which the materials used to build major cities and industries grew. Did you know Southeast Ohio was the birthplace of a former first lady and iconic movie star Roy Rogers?

Walk down Memory Lane and learn other facts from the more distant past in our new publication — “Southeast Ohio: A Common Heritage” — produced by the talented writers of The Athens Messenger, other members of Adams Publishing Group and with help from members of the community.

Discover 124 pages of compelling and interesting stories about the Ohio Company of Associates, Ohio’s involvement in the Civil War, industrialization and transportation of the past eras and learn about the notable persons to come from our area and the incredible tourist attractions and historic landmarks. You also won’t want to miss the gorgeous and iconic photographs throughout.

“This book is the result of countless hours of research, writing, editing and production and we could not be more proud of the final product,” said Joe Higgins, editor of The Messenger. “Our staff poured their hearts into putting this together and anyone who picks up this book will not be disappointed.”

“With the transformation of the Athens Historical Society into the Southeast Ohio History Center we couldn’t resist the opportunity to look through our archives and identify the common threads that tie together the people of this region, “ said Monica Nieporte, President and Publisher of APG Media of Ohio. “One of our favorite tasks was finding vintage photos of places and events that evoke nostalgia for our hometowns. With the holidays approaching and the many get togethers with family and friends, we hope this book will be a conversation piece at those gatherings. And for all of those people tired of getting the gag gift in the family gift exchange, we’ve kept the pricing affordable so it’s perfect for those last minute gifts or something to send to an out of town friend.”

The book begins with a foreword from Tom O’Grady, director of the Southeast Ohio History Center and moves through indigenous cultures to early Ohio and the canal era before discussing some of the major disasters to hit our area. From the Civil War to trains, natural resources, education, sports, industrialization and agriculture, the book also includes features of longstanding businesses, notable persons, entertainment and tourism.

Just in time for the holidays, “Southeast Ohio: A Common Heritage” can ordered online for $19.95 at, bought in person at the offices of The Messenger, The Athens News, Logan Daily News, Circleville Herald, Perry County Tribune, Jackson County Times-Journal, Vinton County Courier, Pike County News Watchman as well as Little Professor Book Center of Athens and at the Southeast Ohio History Center in Athens with other locations to be announced.