Production of book on bicentennial is almost history


Call it the Baltimore Bicentennial Celebration, plus one.

About 100 area companies paid $435 each last year to have their histories chronicled for a book commemorating Baltimore's 200th anniversary, which was celebrated last year.

But almost halfway through this year, businesses started to get nervous because the book has not arrived. Although many companies received copies of their pages to proofread in January, the book hasn't reached the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Not to worry, says Elson Alexander, the California company handling the project.

The book is going through the finishing touches and should be in the library for display by the end of next week, said Stan Pesner, Elson Alexander president. He said the company ran into problems when it subcontracted the printing.

"We had some problems in the production and problems in copying changes, but it's complete," Pesner said.

The 16-by-20-inch book will contain a page of history and photos for each business that paid the fee.

The only copy of the 100-page book will be at the Pratt, but compact disc editions will be at area branches.

Pesner said that although the project was delayed, businesses will be satisfied with the result.

"The entire project is complete, and it's a success," he said.

Pub Date: 5/23/98

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