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Librarian authors book on Vinings history
by Caroline Young
April 03, 2013 05:09 PM | 2798 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Author Susan Kendall shows her new book covering Vinings history, at the Vinings Library in front of a quilt made by Vinings residents.
Staff / Nathan Self
Author Susan Kendall shows her new book covering Vinings history, at the Vinings Library in front of a quilt made by Vinings residents.
Susan Kendall is not a Vinings native or even a current resident, but she has fallen in love with its history.

“I have met a lot of people here. It’s just an intriguing area historically,” she said.

Kendell, of west Powder Springs, has worked at the Vinings Library as manager since 1997. Kendall was invited to write her new book, “Vinings” by Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based Arcadia Publishing, as a part of its Images of America collection. She said Arcadia has published books on several local communities, including Kennesaw, Marietta and Acworth.

“It turned out to be harder than I had anticipated because those were municipalities where things were collected,” she said.

In other words, Kendall did not have a City Hall to gather photos and historical information. Instead, she relied on the Vinings community, and it took her one year to collect all of her information and organize it.

“The whole community pulled behind me,” she said. “People were dropping off pictures, materials and folders.”

The book is made up of mostly photos, and includes more than 200 vintage and modern images, chronicling the growth of Vinings.

“This area has more of a community spirit than most areas,” she said. “I wanted [the] book to reflect that. … It’s really a community book.”

It focuses on Vinings’ place in the Civil War, historic people of Vinings, including famous folk artist Nellie Mae Row, and its development and preservation. The book went on sale earlier this week at area book stores, Antiques of Vinings and the Vinings Historic Preservation Society, and online at, and

The first talk and signing will be at the Vinings Library April 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Society Executive Director Gillian Greer has lived in Vinings for 10 years, and helped Kendall with finding images for her book. She said she knows Vinings residents will enjoy the book but there is also the Civil War interest.

“[Union Gen. William T.] Sherman stayed here for 11 days and first saw Atlanta in Vinings,” she said. “Hopefully it will bring more interest to the generally public in history. … It really tells the story.”

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