Magazine honors 175 years
The past, present and future of Washington are the subject of a publication that has recently been released in honor of the coming 175th anniversary of the founding of Washington.
While many people were involved in the creation of the magazine, local artist Craig Swift put the publication together. After having attended two other such celebrations, Swift said both had their own character. Many of his photographs of local events for the last several years are featured, as are many historical pictures of Washington. Swift said that the Photoshop program came in handy as he worked to put together photos of what Washington may look like in the future.
“It sort of formed,” Swift said. “It grew from discussions with a number of people in town.”
Only 1,000 copies of the magazine are available and there will be no reprints after they are gone.
He said that the pre-event magazine for the seven-day 175th anniversary celebration was put together in just over a month, but that additions and subtractions to the design took about five months for the finished product to be ready for printing. He said the idea was, with so many people from Washington now living outside of town and having no idea of the coming celebration, he and his committee wanted to create something to inform those people of what was happening.
Swift said the hard part of creating the magazine was fitting everything into the space allowed. He said that he could have easily filled another 50 pages with the material that he had collected.
“It isn’t intended to be the book about the centennial, but rather something to get people thinking about the centennial,” Swift said.
History was to take up the first part of the magazine. Swift said the first picture in the magazine is a drawing of the 1847 courthouse. Many of the pages of the magazine are collages chronicling the history and present. He said the first part covers Washington from its inception in 1839 to about 1964. He said that his favorite kind of photo to include from the past were photos of parades that show the stores on the Washington square. The second part covers the past 10 years. Many of the pictures show construction being done on the Washington Square, including the streetscape project and the new Washington Library.
“A lot has happened in the past 10 years,” Swift said.
Washington 175th anniversary co-chair Millie Youngquist said that the committee hopes to be able to come out with a book focusing on the 175-year history of Washington.
For more information on the magazine, contact the Washington Chamber of Commerce at 653-3272.