History book cover

The Hardin County History Museum, which is depicted on the cover of this community history book, will benefit from proceeds from its sales.

More than four years in the making, a history book developed as a fundraising idea for the Hardin County History Museum is expected to be ready next month.

Bill Bennett, who is chairman of the effort, is listed as lead author in a news release announcing the production of “Hardin County Kentucky History and Families.”

Doug Sikes, publisher of Acclaim Press, said the hardcover book has gone to print, and he personally will deliver the copies on or about Oct. 20.

“Because of COVID-19 and a recent nationwide shortage of publishing material, the production of the book has been delayed longer than we anticipated,” Sikes said. “That being said, this book is a beauty.”

Acclaim Press, which is based in Missouri, specializes in community history books. The museum first announced plans for the publication in August 2017.

Information was solicited from local contributors, including family histories and business and institutional profiles dating back to Kentucky explorers and local settlers including Squire Boone and John Severns. It’s described as a quick reference guide to famous people and places in Hardin County.

“I want to thank all of the individuals, families and businesses who have waited patiently for the book,” Bennett said in the news release. “The quality of the book and its content of local history, veterans, families, businesses and churches will be worth the wait.”

Preorders were taken for the book but additional copies will be available for sale through the museum, Bennett said. The price is $60.

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