As a child I was a voracious reader of novels, but turned up my nose at anything else. Over the last decade, however, I’ve come to appreciate works of nonfiction. While I may not tear through an informative volume quite as quickly as a good novel, I now recognize how much information is out there to be gleaned, if I just invest some time into a quality work of nonfiction. One of my newest discoveries in nonfiction is a series entitled Images of America. Produced by Arcadia Publishing, the Images of America series:
chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country. Captured in unique pictorial format, small slices of hometown history detail the often forgotten aspects of American life. With more than two hundred vintage images, each title celebrates a town or region, bringing to life the people, places, and events that define the community. (Arcadia Publishing, 2014)
All the works in the Images of America series rely heavily on images (photographs, drawings, maps), hence the name. With just enough text to help tell the story relayed in the images, these volumes bring history to life before the reader’s eyes.
In particular, I love this series because it has so many wonderful volumes about local places, right here in Allen County, Indiana. I highly recommend giving some of these a perusal: