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Duarte (Images of America) Paperback – August 24, 2009
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Title: New book on Duarte to be released Tues., Sept. 15
Author: Staff Writer
Publisher: Duarte View
Date: July/August 2009
The Duarte Historical Society is proud to announce the upcoming release of Images of America: Duarte, by Arcadia Press. A banquet launching the book and honoring authors Irwin Margiloff and Neil Earle is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, 5:30 p.m. at the Old Spaghetti Factory.
Arcadia Press' popular series contains the history of communities from Bangor, Maine to Manhattan Beach, California, with an aim toward bringing to life the people, places and events that define a community. Duarte's book will, of course, be special because of it uniqueness.
"The Duarte book is the kind we love to do," says Jerry Roberts, Acquisitions Editor for Arcadia Publishing. "It is a solid project on a city with a real 'community feel' to it and a completely interesting history with evocative
photographs to portray it." He credits the authors with being "very astute and showing great fidelity to the existing record illuminating local bench marks such as the great flood of 1938 and such hometown sons as bandleader Glenn Miller and playwright Sam Shepard."
A treasure of historic photos and research is stored at the Duarte Historical Museum, and as the museum's current curator, Margiloff, together with Earle, has spent countless hours studying thousands of images and files, culling together information appropriate to accurately tell Duarte's story.
Books will be for sale at the banquet and the authors will be signing them. Checks or cash only for book purchase.
Reservations for the banquet may be made by mailing a check
payable to the Duarte Historical Society in the amount of $25 per person to DHS, c/o Claudia Heller, 277 Opal Canyon Rd., Duarte, CA 91010. For more information call (626) 358-0329.
About the Author
This photographic retrospective was created by curator Irwin Margiloff of the Duarte Historical Museum and fellow society member and journalist Neil Earle from the museums archives in consultation with other contributors and interested citizens.
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Tracing its roots to a 19th century land grant acquired by Andres Duarte, a corporal in the Mexican army, the book gives a graphic description of the rise to fame of this unique city, that celebrated its 50th aniiversary in 2007. From being "the Queen colony" of citrus fruit growers, to matching up to being a city equipped with ultra-modern facilities and highly improved quality of life, called upon for a global economy, the book traces the city's historical and economic progress, in vivid terms written in an engaging style.
The thoughtful presentation of innumerable photographs, makes it a classic photographic essay in retrospect, making the city come alive with fun and entertainment, whilst providing valuable information. The book is a must for any reader interested in any aspect of Duarte.