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Diary of William Wiggin Smith
On sale at Antioch Historical Society
$35 Society Members/$40 non-members


John McMullen of the VFW and Elizabeth Rimbault, Antioch Historical Society receive the first shipment of the W.W. Smith Diary from Carly, the print specialist at Staples in Antioch. Elizabeth Rimbault donated time, labor and materials to completely retype and print the Diary of William Wiggin Smith, the founder of Antioch, as a gift to the museum. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Post # 6435 funded a grant for $1400 to pay for the printing of the book and Staples of Antioch provided excellent discounts allowing for twice as many books to be ordered than projected. Several of the books will be donated to the Antioch schools libraries through the partnership of the VFW and the Historical Society. The grant enabled the Society to "Shop Antioch" and support the local economy. The balance of the books will be sold at the museum only and will support museum operations. The new W.W. Smith Diary, with photos is available for $35.00 to Society members and $40.00 to non-members. There is a limited supply available of only 100 books. The original diary was first transcribed by Smith's son, Charles W. Smith in 1941. The only copy available had become difficult to read and fragile. The new publishing is an exact copy of the original adding photos and interesting documents at the rear. Rimbault stated " Staples has done a beautiful job for us and the Veterans have made the entire project possible. The community, the schools and the museum all benefit from this republishing of the Diary. I'm very excited, it's like a new grandchild."

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1500 W. Fourth Street
Antioch, CA 94509
(925) 757-1326

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