Sunday, August 28, 2011

Book Signing

A huge thank you to everyone who attended our book launch and signing and made it such a success. For the very first event, we were pleased with the turnout. Here are a few pictures:

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Places to get your copy of the book

Here are the places in Harrodsburg that will be carrying the new book:

Shaker Village/pleasant Hill
Beaumont Inn Gift Shop
Kentucky Fudge Shop
Rumors and Razors Hair Salon
Harrodsburg Herald
Royalty's Florist and Gift
Old Country Store
Bee Hive Gift Shop
Old Fort Harrod

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Start thinking About Christmas Gifts

Today our field sales representative from Arcadia Publishing - Steve Hodges - came to visit Anna and I. He has been very busy selling books in several counties. Currently, the books are for sale (#21.99) at the following places:

This book will make a wonderful memory book, a gift for friends and families, or as the perfect keepsake of this historic town. It's not too late to be thinking about Christmas, which will be here in just over 4 months - what a great stocking stuffer for present for someone who lives out of town.

You can also buy the books directly from the authors:

  • Bobbi Dawn Rightmyer - (859) 734-4710 (M-F from 9am until 12pm) and (859)-734-5760 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (859)-734-5760 end_of_the_skype_highlighting at any other time. The email address is:

  • Anna Armstrong - (859)- 734-6260. The email address is:


From Press Release Distribution

From Press Release Distribution (PROLOG):

PRLog (Press Release) - Aug 01, 2011
"The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Harrodsburg from local authors Bobbi Dawn Rightmyer and Anna Armstrong. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by."

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A blurb from Outskirts Press

Here is a blurb from Outskirts Press
Soon to be released from Arcadia Publishing is Images of America: Harrodsburg, written by Harrodsburg’s Bobbi Dawn Rightmyer (writer) and Anna Armstrong (photography).

A Blurb on World News

From the World News website:
"Soon to be released from Arcadia Publishing is Images of America: Harrodsburg, written by Harrodsburg’s Bobbi Dawn Rightmyer (writer) and Anna Armstrong.(photography). The book will be released the week of August 8th, but is already up for pre-order on several different websites: Amazon Barnes and Noble Arcadia
As of this moment, we are not sure when the book launch and signing will be, but we will keep you up-to-date. The book will also be for sell in several local
business, as well as Lexington and surrounding areas."

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Featured in the Danville Advocate

I would like to give a big shout out to Jennifer Brummett at the Danville Advocate for doing such a nice job with the release of our new book. All information in this article is copyright Danville Advocate and Jennifer Brummett.

Bobbi Dawn Rightmyer and Anna Armstrong traveled a circuitous route to get to the publication of their first book together, “Images of America: Harrodsburg.” The pictorial history of Harrodsburg will be released Monday from Arcadia Publishing, which is based out of Mount Pleasant, S.C., outside of Charleston.

Rightmyer’s daughter was friends with the acquisitions editor for Arcadia Publishing, who approached Rightmyer for a book about Owen County. Rightmyer said she didn’t know anything about Owen County but she knew Harrodsburg. That started her on the path to developing a book about Harrodsburg.

Rightmyer said she’d known Armstrong all her life and was aware of her extensive collection of photos of Harrodsburg that date from the 1930s, with some older ones, as well. She sent an e-mail to Armstrong — an e-mail Armstrong never received. So Rightmyer went ahead and signed a contract with Arcadia to do the historical book, figuring she’d get photos from the local historical society. “I signed the contract with no idea of how to write a history book,” Rightmyer explained. In the meantime, Armstrong had been in contact with Arcadia about a postcard she was interested in creating.

“I have a huge archive of photos from my father (Andrew Armstrong), my aunt (Jesta Bell Armstrong Matherly, who also was an artist) and my work,” Armstrong said. She found out about Rightmyer’s work on a book about Harrodsburg, and wondered what she was using for the photographic element, since her own collection of Harrodsburg photos is unparalleled. Rightmyer said she was thrilled when Armstrong called, and the two got together to discuss the book, which was when they figured out Rightmyer’s e-mail hadn’t made it to its recipient.

“I decided to offer the photographs in order for the book to happen,” Armstrong said. She also had experience with writing historical descriptions, as she’d provided the text for a number of historical markers. Rightmyer said she found that experience invaluable, as she considers herself to be more of a “long writer,” focusing more on essays and longer written works.

Armstrong described “Images of America: Harrodsburg” as a “show-andtell” type of a book. The co-authors indicated such a work was needed in Harrodsburg, since the city lacked a recent, updated history-type book. Armstrong said the tome will be a good companion for people who are touring the city.

“It’s one of the first things I look for (when visiting a new place),” Rightmyer added. “It gives me an idea of where I’m at and what I’m doing.”

She added she hopes “Images of America: Harrodsburg” will inspire others “to get this history out there.”

Armstrong said the postcard pictorial history of Harrodsburg and Mercer County should be released about this time next year. The vintage postcards she will use will date through the 1960s.

Harrodsburg (Images of America)

History of Harrodsburg Told Through Photographs - 08/08/2011

Arcadia Publishing Press Release

More Info on This Book: Harrodsburg

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Harrodsburg from local authors Bobbi Dawn Rightmyer and Anna Armstrong. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.

Harrodsburg is the oldest permanent settlement west of the Allegheny
Mountains and was founded in 1774 by James Harrod. Harrodsburg covers the city limits from the late 1770s to the early 1960s and provides images from the Armstrong Collection, the Harrodsburg Historical Society, the Mercer County Public Library, and the Kentucky Historical Society.

Within these pages, experience and explore Harrodsburg during the pivotal era at the beginning of the great commonwealth—from the settlement of Old Fort Harrod to the “Saratoga of the West” mineral springs and spas. Follow the growth, hard times, and recovery of Harrodsburg, including government and growing businesses, advancements in education, the rise of religious institutions, and local and visiting celebrities. These well-preserved photographs from entrepreneurs, grand openings, and expert news reporting allow the reader to step back in time.

Highlights of Harrodsburg:
• Old Fort Harrod
• Churches
• Government
• Fairs and parades
• Businesses

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at or
(888)-313-2665 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (888)-313-2665 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places. Have we done a book on your town? Visit

Buy It Now: Harrodsburg $21.99