By MATT CRANE
In continuing its year-long celebration, the Starkville 175th birthday committee released a special calendar for 2013 titled "Starkville: Then and Now."
The calendar, on sale for $10 at various businesses around Starkville, provides detailed historical facts about the city accompanied by photographs from 1900-2012.
Calendar coordinator Amanda Edwards said she has enjoyed the process of gathering items for the calendar and the rich history Starkville has to offer.
"It's been awesome," she said. "People in this area have been willing to share their personal stories about the history, and so forthcoming about what's important about our history."
Edwards said the calendar is dedicated to the late Mr. Fred A. Blocker due to his involvement and love for Starkville and its history.
"The dedication was a group decision by the committee because he was on the board of the Heritage Museum and helped inspire a lot of other people to be interested in our history," he said. "Personally, I met with him a couple of times and talked about how he and his family got to this area. He shared a lot of materials with me that were used in the proclamation read by the mayor at the start of this celebration."
The calendar committee includes Edwards, Mattie Abraham, Carole McReynolds Davis, Wilda Gandy, Emily Jones, Paige Lawes, Carolyn Reed and Gloria Bagwell-Rowland.
Lawes said she is proud of the work the committee has done and thankful to the Chalet for printing the calendar.
"I love the calendar," she said. "There's a lot of fun and whimsical things in there that I think are really interesting."
Lawes said the calendar is available at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, Starkville Cafe, the Downtown Book Mart, Ooh La La, East Mississippi Lumber Company, Thyme, the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum and the Chalet. Lawes said residents will also have the chance to purchase a calendar at the Holiday Fair at the end of November.
Edwards said the Mississippi State University Libraries provided significant contributions to the calendar that showcases a mix of Starkville's old and new landscapes.
"We've got some really great pictures that are representative of the entire community," she said. "I've tried to bring in modes, color photos as well as the older black and white ones."
Edwards said the calendar encompasses the wide variety of people and activities Starkville has seen over the past 175 years.
"I've learned a lot and I've had a good committee to help me understand things that are important to people who have lived here a long time," she said. "The calendar represents a unified community, and there's a lot of cohesiveness between the old and the new here."