By Colleen Lockhart
Authors Carl and Elaine Seliskar, Huntsburg residents and current members and past officers of the Huntsburg Historical Society, were actively involved in establishing the historical society and the museum. Together they have written a new book titled “Huntsburg: Early Pioneer Families and Settlements in the Western Reserve” that will be available for sale on Oct. 1 and can be purchased at the Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 7 and 8 in the Community Center. The book contains 400 photographs, 15 chapters and is 302 pages in length. The hardbound edition is $35 and softbound edition is $25, including sales tax.
“One reason for writing the book was that the only book written in the past about Huntsburg was “Our Huntsburg Heritage” by Pliny O. Clark and was done in 1963,” Elaine said. “Besides that, we are both interested in history in general and the more we talked about researching and writing a book about the early history of Huntsburg, the more enthused we got about starting to work on it when we both were retired. We succeeded in putting together so much information thanks in part to the generosity of local families who gave us access to many of their own family’s treasured photos and documents.” Not an easy undertaking and after much research, the book was completed after a period of nearly four years using information gathered from local archives and through travelling to other states. Carl and Elaine each wrote chapters that were of the most interest to them and painstakingly tied them together into a documented history of the town of Huntsburg from its earliest beginnings in 1799 through the early 1900s.
Elaine has drawn and will be exhibiting a collection of 12 portraits of the women of Huntsburg, most of whom have descendants still living in the area. These women left their comfortable life in New England and diligently worked behind the scenes helping to create a more comfortable life for their husbands and children. The exhibit is titled “Shades of Grey: The Early Women of Huntsburg” which she has drawn using various shades of grey colored pencils and will be on display in the Community Center during the Pumpkin Festival.