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Book lovers may have a special treat now awaiting them at the Stephens County Historical Museum.
When the Woodward family passed on, they left their incredible book collection to Duncan High School, said Vicki Zimmerman, president of the Stephens County Historical Society.
The books stayed boxed at DHS because the librarians felt they were too old and valuable to put out for student use. While the high school library began moving its materials from the front to the back of the main building because of the school renovations this summer, the librarians decided to give the books to the museum.
“The family wanted to make sure the community could see them,” Zimmerman said. “There are first editions from the early 1800s, books on English literature and history.”
In order to have a place for the books to have a place, the museum cleaned off some of the shelves of the Charlotte Jenkins Memorial Room, where they already had one of the Woodward family member’s ceramic works displayed.
The works of Shakespeare, Byron, Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Dickens can be found in the book collection among several others.
Just from the hardback covers, one can see the age of the books, despite most of them being in good condition, without looking inside for the year.
“It is such a gift given to the museum and it’s a wonderful place to put (the book collection),” said Zimmerman. “Anyone is welcome to come sit and read these books but they cannot leave the museum.”
The book collection will be at the museum indefinitely for public viewing and reading.