A new book about Troy history was published by Arcadia Books and just released by The Troy Historical Society. It is a pictorial story of the Great Flood of 1913 and I was pleased to be asked to write the introduction to the work.
There are close to 200 photographs of Troy before, during and after the flood. Oral Histories, which were collected in the mid-1970's of Troy flood survivors, were used for the majority of the text which tells the story in our city. The text weaves a story of heartache, determination and survival.
I think anyone interested in Troy history, the flood in the Miami Valley, or even a general interest in Ohio historical events will be interested in this book, at least to read, if not purchase.
The book will be available to read at the Troy-Miami County Public Library's Local History Library, or checked out at the main library. It can also be purchased through The Troy Historical Society http://www.thetroyhistoricalsociety.org/
or Arcadia Publishing http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9780738590592/Troy-and-the-Great-Flood-of-1913
Troy Daily News article regarding this book: http://tdn-net.com/main.asp?SectionID=152&SubSectionID=255&ArticleID=127533
If you are from the area, but do not live in Troy or did not have relatives here during the flood, you do not have to feel left out. Local author Scott Trostel has also published a book on the 1913 Flood which covers the whole northern portion of the Miami Valley, which includes Miami, Darke, Shelby, Logan, and Champaign Counties.
Mr. Trostel's book has numerous photos and newspaper headlines from the period and tells the story of this disaster in many of the communities and rural areas of the northern Valley.
If interested, this book may be purchased through the author http://1913floodbook.com/ or by contacting The Troy Historical Society http://www.thetroyhistoricalsociety.org/
For all interested parties who enjoy owning autographed copies of books and meeting authors, be they local or nationally recognized ones, the authors of the recently published 1913 Flood books I mentioned last week will be at the Troy-Miami County Public Library's Local History Library (100 W. Main St., Troy) on Monday, December 17th, from 6-8 pm to discuss their topics and sign copies of their respective books.