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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Fort Thomas City Museum to Hold Book Sale

Be sure to stop by the museum when you go to Tower Park the July 4th celebration. Stop in to visit - yes, it’s air conditioned - but also to browse and buy some books. The museum will be open for about three hours following the parade on July 4 and will be open from 12:00 to 4:00 on Thursday through Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 on Sunday, July 9. While you’re there, be sure to check out some of the new displays. There’s a lot of history in that little building.

The Fort Thomas Military and Community History Museum is holding a book sale from July 4-9!  Deanna Beineke, museum director, says, “We have a surplus of books and no more room to store them.  Civil War, WWI, WWI, biographies, cookbooks, general military histories, genealogy tips and a few rarities that we cannot justify keeping.  Prices are reasonable -- nothing over $5 (for practically new coffee table books) and bargains aplenty.” 

The museum has a few big projects coming up. Beineke adds that they want to digitize  the many years of Fort Thomas Living; “I am looking for grants to help with that.” she says. “ That is more than 40 years of contemporary history that we cannot afford to lose.  We are also hoping to transfer a number of VHS tapes to DVD -- band concerts and a variety of programs produced mainly by the schools.” 

She lists some of the items you can find in the sale. “We have an abundance of Civil War history books, mostly non-fiction,  2 copies of Goodwin's Team of Rivals; Civil War Generals: Illustrated Biographies; some Catton and Foote books; biographies of Lincoln, Grant, and Lee; a couple of children's books; and a couple of multi-volume sets about battles.  We also have a number of WWII books: Churchill's Memoirs of the War; True Story of the Battle of Britain; The Great Raid: Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor; a couple of books about Hitler; Eisenhower; some photographic books.  A few about Vietnam; The Torch is Passed about Kennedy; Remember the Alamo and a host of others not even in the catalog -- probably a hundred books or more.  Plus we have several copies of a personal Civil War memoir written by a relative of Bonnie Jansen and a few copies of a family memoir written by a descendant of Colonel Egbert.” 

Mass markets and magazines will be 50 cents or 3/$1; trades will be $1; hardbacks will be $2 if in excellent condition, $1 if obviously worn; sets will be $5.00.

The sale begins on Wednesday, July 4.  Someone will be at the museum for 2-3 hours following the parade.  Then we will have the books available during our regular hours from Thursday-Sunday, July 9.

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