KEYSER - Requesting funding to publish a second edition of a book featuring local historical places, Kermit Garretson, president of the Mineral County Historical Landmarks Commission, sought assistance from the county commission at the recent meeting of the county government agency.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Requesting funding to publish a second edition of a book featuring local historical places, Kermit Garretson, president of the Mineral County Historical Landmarks Commission, sought assistance from the county commission at the recent meeting of the county government agency.
He said the Historical Landmarks Commission has remained active since 2006 when he was present at a county commission meeting to “get started” as a group to identify historical landmarks throughout the county.
Garretson said the group started with five members, and besides himself two others have continued to be part of the organization and they are Doris Ours and Garrett Carskadon.
The two newest members are Jack Cole and Pat Mason.
Garretson said the second edition book will be “better than the first edition,” adding that there will be 75 colored photos in the newest book, and, “They are very expensive to publish.”
Along with the photos, historical information on each entry will be included, as he said the Historical Landmarks Commission would need to raise funds for publication, “So, we wanted to start here.”
Commission president Richard Lechilter asked if the Landmarks Commission had any funding in place for this project, and Garretson answered “about $1, 000,” noting the estimated cost of the second edition would be “$6,000 for 100 books.”
Mason, who was present at the commission meeting, said that if the Historical Landmarks Commission became a certified government agency, “It would make us eligible for grants through the state’s park service.”
Garretson said, “We would like to have the book on the market by the Christmas season,” and the publication could be given as gifts during this time.
Lechliter suggested the county commission “take a couple of weeks to think about and discuss what we can do,” concerning any funding for the historical book project.
Commissioner Jerry Whisner wanted to know what dollar amount the Historical Landmarks Commission would like to have, and Garretson said, “You make the decision.”
Garretson had one more order of business as he presented a Mineral County Historical Landmarks sign to the county commissioners, showing the courthouse is a designated historical building.