Hi all! *WARNING: Shameless self-promotion plug to follow*
Hopefully by now you've heard my book "East Village" is available. http://www.amazon.com/Village-Images-America-Sarah-Oltrogge/dp/0738577421/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267565710&sr=8-1
You can find it at these locations:
The Book Store
Plain Talk Books & Coffee
Beaverdale Books Llc
Carriage House Gift Shop (Terrace Hill)
State Historical Museum / The Museum Store
Walgreens--4555 Fleur Dr.
Walgreens--7000 Douglas Ave.
Plus Borders and Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.
New from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is East Village by local author Sarah C. Oltrogge. In over 200 vintage photographs, Oltrogge takes readers on a nostalgic journey down memory lane.
A little neighborhood in the shadow of the state capitol, East Village in downtown Des Moines used the statehouse dome as a backdrop to establish itself in what was low, mostly unusable land along the Des Moines River. Just after the dawn of the 20th century, the neighborhood burgeoned with blue-collar industry and corner stores while boasting the convenient use of railroads for industrial development and travel.
It seemed to be in competition with the west side where the insurance industry and wealthy neighborhoods blossomed on high ground. By midcentury, though, East Village suffered as a mobile population chose suburban shopping malls over traditional mom-and-pops. By 1990, buildings were in disrepair and crime was increasing. A group of dedicated individuals came together and with assistance and cooperation from the city brought East Village back into focus with a clear urban identity that sparked a renewed sense of pride.A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Historic East Village, Inc. so that it may continue its mission to lead the preservation, support and development of the East Village community.
“It is important to me to give back to the area that gave me so much assistance in my research,” Oltrogge said. “I think people will be as surprised as I was to see the developmental journey of the area between 1908 and 2008.”
Since 2000, Sarah C. Oltrogge has worked for the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, a state agency housed in the State Historical Museum of Iowa located in East Village. She is a former board member and president of Historic East Village, Inc., and is involved in historic preservation efforts across Des Moines.
I'll be at Barnes & Noble, 4550 University, this Saturday, March 6 from 2-4 p.m. for a talk and book signing. I'll also be at Beaverdale Books March 28 at 1 p.m. for a talk and signing. Stop by and say hi if you're out!