As Kathryn Osterndorff scanned photos in a small room at the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center in downtown Fredericksburg on Thrusday, Brooke Horn recounted the places the job has taken her since she started more than three years ago.
Horn has traveled to 19 states as an acquisition editor scanning images for books chronicling historical periods or events. Osterndorff started in May and hasn’t logged so many miles yet, but she’s already gotten wrapped up in uncovering history.
Horn said she enjoys the stories that come from the work.
She recalled two men in Indiana showing them photos. Eventually they discovered the pictures showed the same neighborhood where they group up and the men realized they knew each other.
“That was just a really cool moment,” she said.
The editors with the state of Washington-based Pediment Group are in town gathering photos from area historical groups and residents that will run in a keepsake coffee-table book chronicling an earlier era in Fredericksburg.
Pediment has been producing such books for 20 years.
The Free Lance-Star has partnered with the Fredericksburg Area Museum, the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center, the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc. and the University of Mary Washington/Simpson Library Special Collections, to produce the hardcover book, “Fredericksburg Memories: A Pictorial History of the 1800s through the 1930s.”
The Pediment editors have scanned photos from the heritage center and other local historical groups, along with some from area residents. No one showed up to scan photos during a two-hour period Thursday afternoon.
But there will be two more sessions where photos from the 19th century to the 1930s can be scanned.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, photos will be scanned at the Fredericksburg Area Museum at 907 Princess Anne Street. And from 1 to 3 p.m., photos will be scanned at The Free Lance–Star building at 1340 Central Park Boulevard.
Those who can’t attend a scanning session have the option of emailing photo images. The deadline is midnight Saturday. Details are available at pediment.com.
Horn said the book should have about 144 pages with between 275 and 300 photos, which will be organized by chapters on such topics as community activities, transportation and education.
She said the books can help preserve history.
“I think it’s good work we do,” she said. “These really are keepsake books that can be handed down.”
The book is expected to be published in about a year.