As a serious student of science and history it was natural for me to get involved in researching the history of the town(s) I live in and to become a local historian of the area, both its people and places. In 1974 I began compiling a photo archive of historical photos collecting nearly 1,000 circa 1860-1990 photos from the albums of local pioneering residents. Along with them I also collected oral and written histories of the local area and the broad panoramaof people, businesses, and architecture and how each impacted on the 12,000 year human and much earlier geological history of our town, which although only platted in 1821, expanded into a surrounding region by 1908 giving birth to a twin city development.
Last year I finally researched the documentary history of this area through collections of old books, maps, memorabilia, etc. and launched a book compiling all the known aspects of local history from ancient times through the present day. The results of my work will be appearing soon in book form and already has a publisher and about 10,000 eagerly awaiting residents. It has and still is aproject of love and hard long hours studying local history in detail never attempted before and will be my legacy to the town and people in it for years to come.