The story of Midland is there in front of us all, waiting to be told. Now, it just has to be put in some sort of logical order to make it enjoyable and informative for the many people of this town and elsewhere who have wanted a history of our home but have not had one of this magnitude.
Today is July 4, 2010. Twenty-five years ago today, the Reporter-Telegram published a fascinating piece of living history: its centennial edition. The thick and thorough edition was printed on what was Midland's centennial, which would logically make today Midland's Quasquicentennial. Now see, you've already learned something. I had no idea there was a name for a 125-year commemoration. Well, I thought there might be a word for it, but I had to go running to a dictionary to find just what that word is.
It seems fitting then that we kick off this living history blog on our town's Quasquicentennial. Over the course of the next 18 months, you'll be able to visit here throughout that time period and find a sneak peak into what our published history will look like when it is published in the winter of 2011-2012. There are many people to thank, many stories to share and many memories to recall. Email me at JimmyLPatterson@grandecom.net if you have a story to be considered for "A History of Character: The Story of Midland, Texas."
I want to make this historical journey as simple to navigate as possible, so our History of Character Blog will be roughly divided into four areas:
-- Images. Photographs from a variety of sources that depict our town through the years.
-- Words. Quotes heard and read in interviews and publications through the years.
-- Thoughts. Observations from knowledge learned.
-- Stories. Anecdotes collected through the research process.
I hope you enjoy our trip.
"A History of Character: The Story of Midland, Texas"