KATY HERITAGE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES PUBLICATION OF NEW HISTORIC KATY BOOK
The Katy Heritage Society has partnered with Texas-based Historical Publishing Network to release a new coffee table book about Katy area history. Historical Publishing Network asked Carol Adams to author the book based on over 75
magazine articles she has written regarding local and regional history and her work with the Katy Heritage Society. According to Adams, “A number of other histories about Katy have been written. A few were self-published books; some
are just pages of notes and recollections. In 1986, JoElla Exley’s Katy High School English IV Honors class took on a project to collect the histories of the ‘old-timers’ here at that time. Their wonderful manuscripts offer a fascinating
glimpse into the day-to-day lives of many of our early residents. Some of the records are very short, some long, some have lists and details, others tell our history through stories that were handed down. All the stories, some that are amusing, some raise questions but all are threads in the tapestry of the Katy area’s rich history”. Adams spent many hours searching tax and land records, interviewing locals and collecting more stories and photographs. The result is this beautiful new book, proceeds from the book will endow the new Katy Heritage Society Scholarship Fund.
Local businesses and families were invited to help sponsor the book by purchasing pages to tell their own history in a special section called “Sharing the Heritage.” Sponsors that participated include Amber’s Designs Jewelry, Brazos Valley Services AC, Christus St. Catherine Hospital, the City of Katy, Consolidated Communications, Enterprise Bank, First Baptist Church of Katy, First United Methodist Church of Katy, Timothy M. Hale, DDS., Houston Community College, Katy Family YMCA, Katy Heritage Society, Ben Keel Financial and Insurance Consultants, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Memorial Lutheran Church, Mills-Holly Enterprises, Ltd., The Minze Family, Moore Control Systems, Inc., Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston, Ranchers Meats; Hibiscus Hill, Matt Schomburg State Farm Agency, Tradition Bank, the Tucker Family, Wild West Honda and John Zerwas
Carol says the book is written with sincere respect for the sacrifices of the earliest settlers and the optimism of our founders. Many of their decedents still live here today and should be proud of the legacy left for us. “One book could never tell the individual stories behind the names in the book, and the names not in this book, or all the stories that make Katy what it is today. The reader will find in the pages a partial glimpse into Katy’s rich heritage, a connection with the small town that started it all. As we grow as a community, it is sharing these stories that will help us move forward with the imagination, determination and perseverance of those who came before us”.
The book will be available September 15, 2012, for a $50 donation to the Katy Heritage Society Scholarship Fund. The Society hopes to raise over $20,000 and begin awarding scholarships in 2013. Find the book at our booth at the Rice Harvest Festival, the Wright Museum when the park is open and the MKT Depot Visitors Center.
You can also buy the book here through PayPal and have it shipped directly to you.
Thank you for your support of our scholarship fund!