Q&A with Local Historian Jay Moore on “An Abilene Scrapbook”
TGM: When and where will you present “An Abilene Scrapbook”?
JM: It will be on Thursday, April 18th at 7:30. It will be at the Paramount Theatre again. And, thanks to the Dian Graves Owen, there is no admission charge.
TGM: Can you give us a little preview?
JM: Rather like when your family sits down and turns the pages of a scrapbook, we will look at some moments in our collective past. We will hear about an Abilene visit to Abilene. An infamous day in our early days and even the time a baby was given away. We will hear about some locals who made big contributions and some who made big sacrifices. A stormy day, a fiery day, auspicious days and days long forgotten.
TGM: What can people expect from this presentation?
JM: The show is visually rich with photos and newspaper clippings, just like in a scrapbook. The presentation is around 90 minutes so get a Coke, some popcorn and sit back and enjoy our local story.
TGM: It’s pretty clear that you love Abilene and her stories. Why do you think it’s so important to keep sharing local history?
JM: Sharing local history helps us to connect with one another. Knowing our past creates a stronger sense of community, just like knowing your family’s past bonds you and your kin. My hope is that Abilenians will bring their friends and come enjoy the past tales which have shaped our common present.
This program is funded by the Dian Graves Owen Foundation.