Friends of Arrow Rock releases anniversary book

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Friends of Arrow Rock history author Sandy Selby with FAR President Dr. Thomas B. Hall III, at the organization's 55th annual meeting on June 8. (Contributed photo)

On June 14, 1959, the men and women present at the meeting that launched the Friends of Arrow Rock could not have predicted that the organization they began that day would grow into a nationally respected historic preservation and education organization with members from coast to coast. To commemorate its 55th year, the organization has published a book that tells the story of its founding and its many accomplishments from 1959 until today.

The full-color, 100-page book, "Friends of Arrow Rock: The First 55 Years, 1959-2014," was researched, written and edited by FAR Communications Director Sandy Selby. It traces FAR's history, year by year, from its early days when country auction fundraisers raised the money necessary to complete its first preservation project, to the inception of its popular springtime education programs, to a successful million-dollar capital campaign. Dozens of photographs capture the dedicated members and pivotal moments that have shaped the organization for the past 55 years.

"As an Arrow Rock resident, I thought I had a good handle on the Friends of Arrow Rock's history, but as I was researching this book, I was amazed again and again by what this organization has accomplished," Selby said. "Every project the Friends has tackled, no matter how daunting it seemed, was pursued with passion and complete confidence that the lofty goal would be met. I never had an opportunity to meet most of the founding members, but I feel I came to know them over the 10 months I worked on this book. Their early successes made it possible for the organization to grow and continue to thrive more than half a century later."

The book, which was funded by FAR members Byron and Marilyn Shutz and the Byron Christopher Shutz Historical Preservation Fund, was distributed to the attendees at the Friends of Arrow Rock annual meeting on June 8, and mailed to every member. Anyone who joins the organization this year will receive the book as a gift.

For more information on Friends of Arrow Rock, visit www.FriendsofArrowRock.org, or call 660-837-3231.

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