Longtime Joplin resident Leslie Simpson is the author of a new history book that tells the story of Joplin’s past in hundreds of vintage images. Joplin, the newest addition in Arcadia Publishing’s Postcard History series, will be available on Saturday, September 24 exclusively at the Hastings store in Joplin.
Local history publisher Arcadia Publishing and multimedia retailer Hastings Entertainment, Inc. will donate proceeds from the first printing of the book to the Joplin Chamber of Commerce Business Recovery Fund.
Covering a span of more than 130 years, Joplin traces all aspects of the city’s history through vintage postcard images. Author Leslie Simpson describes the book as “My love letter to the city of Joplin!”
The CEO’s from both companies have been personally involved in the project and hope the initiative will support Joplin’s ongoing business recovery efforts.
“When a tragedy like this happens, no matter how far away it is, your first instinct is to want to find a way to help,” said Arcadia Publishing president and CEO Richard Joseph. “I’m glad we could do this,” he said.
Hastings Entertainment CEO John Marmaduke shared,“We are pleased to have this book available at a time when locals truly need something to be excited about.”
Joplin will be exclusively available at Hastings through October 2011. Non-local residents can order online from Hastings or the publisher, or by calling (888)-313-2665.
About Arcadia Publishing
Arcadia Publishing (arcadiapublishing.com) is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Books celebrate the places and faces that give America its spirit and life. Distinctive sepia covers, local authors, and vintage images present a curbside look and street level understanding of a town’s bygone times.
Founded in 1968, Hastings Entertainment, Inc. is a leading multimedia entertainment retailer that combines the sale of new and used books, videos, video games and CDs, and trends and consumer electronics merchandise, with the rental of videos and video games in a superstore format.