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Grace Museum hosting book release for 'Abilene Stories: From Then to Now' Thursday night

By Kelly Killian, Kelly Killian, kkillian@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 21 2013 09:18:04 AM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Director of ACU Press Dr. Leonard Allen visited KTXS Thursday and spoke about the release of a new book all about Abilene history.

"Abilene Stories: From Then to Now" will be released at a special event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Grand Ballroom at the Grace Museum. The event is open to the public.

According to the Grace Museum, the book is a collection of over 100 stories told by 70 residents who have called Abilene home from the early settlement days through today.

Some of the chapters include "Let Them Eat Cactus," "Alligator on the Loose," "A Hanging in Abilene," and "The Crepe Myrtle Sex Scandal."

The book was edited by three longtime Abilenians. Glenn Dromgoole is a former editor of the Abilene Reporter News and founder of the West Texas Book Festival. Jay Moore teaches history at Abilene High School and is the creator of the documentary film series "History in Plain Sight." Joe W. Specht is a collection manager at the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation and author of "The Women There Don't Treat You Mean: Abilene in Song."

Allen has served as director of ACU Press since 2005.

"Abilene Stories" is being published by ACU Press.

For more information, visit www.acupressbooks.com.