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New book speaks volumes about county history, authors’ journey

Posted: January 13, 2011 4:39 p.m.
Updated: January 14, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Kershaw County Historical Society President Steve Reynolds (left), Publications Committee Chairman Harvey Teal (right) and author Glen Inabinet picked up an early pallet of the books from the University of South Carolina Press shortly before Christmas.

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After nearly a decade, countless hours of research, dozens more hours of writing and re-writing, and meeting strict deadlines, it’s finally here.

This Sunday, Glen and Joan Inabinet, along with the Kershaw County Historical Society, will finally debut their new 719-page book, “A History of Kershaw County.”

“When we saw the book for the first time, I breathed a great sigh of relief. A lot of hard work went into that book,” Glen said.

The Inabinets estimated that 500 advance copies of the book arrived before Christmas and have already been handed out to people who pre-ordered their copies. Among those who have already started reading the book, the Inabinets said they were pleased to receive a lot of great feedback.

“There are people who are reading it now and they really liked the coverage that we gave to each part of Kershaw County,” Joan said. “One gentleman has even told us that he has read it cover to cover. A lot of people are saying they really enjoy the book, and that means a lot to us.”

The Inabinets said their book is the first book-length history about the entire county. The last book written, which was a book about Camden, was published 85 years ago.

But even though their book is now completed, the Inabinets hope that it will inspire future historians to continue to chronicle the county’s history.

“There’s no way that history stops. Historically, this is a very rich area. We know that there are a lot of people who have information stored in attics or basements, information that they’ve probably forgotten about,” Joan said. “We just want to encourage them to get this material out and to donate it to the archive so that it will be available to future researchers.”

“This is a very large county to try and cover. And there’s so much more that can be told,” Glen added. “Maybe there are some more budding historians out there.”

Now that their book is finished, the Inabinets say they will continue much of what they have already been doing -- spending time with their family and taking short vacations.

 “We appreciate how much interest there has been in the last eight to 10 years that we’ve been working towards this goal. We certainly appreciate all of the support that we have received throughout the county,” Joan said.

“We’ve bumped into people so many times during the last few years, and they always say, ‘How’s the book coming? Is it here yet?’” Glen added. “Well, now we can finally say yes. The book is here.”

The Kershaw County Historical Society’s public program and book launch will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Camden’s fellowship center, 1201 Broad St., Camden.

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