Historical Society used book sale to be held this weekend at new location

Book sale coordinators Joan and Paul Wiste and pictured with a portion of the approximately 10,000 books that will be up for sale during the Houston County Historical Society's Annual Book Sale this weekend. For the first time, the book sale will be held in the basement of the new museum addition. Photo by Charlie Warner

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

The lower level of the Houston County Historical Society’s new museum addition has been a flurry of activity the past month. Volunteers have spent countless hours moving thousands of used books from the former church building on Main Street to the new addition and sorting through the countless books, records, cassettes, CDs and DVDs.

“There were just too many stairs to go up and down,” explained book sale co-organizer Paul Wiste. He and his wife Joan helped organize the massive move, with the help of Craig Welsh and the Sentence to Serve (STS) crew.

“We couldn’t have gotten this far without Craig and his crew,” Joan added last Friday, as she and about a dozen volunteers sorted through more than 10,000 used books.

She noted that the STS crew hauled eight large wagon-loads and two pickups filled with books from the Historical Society’s church building just east of downtown Caledonia. That’s where the first 16 book sales were held. Because there have been so many books donated each year, the sale had to be held in both the main sanctuary of the old church and also in the basement. Having everything on one level will make it much easier for those attending the sale.

The 17th annual used book sale will be held Saturday, March 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. The sale will be held in a new location at 104 History Lane, East Main Street entrance by the Houston County Fairgrounds.

The lower level of the museum addition is filled with table after table of used books, which have been donated by persons all over the area.

Approximately 10,000 books will be offered for sale and they cover a wide range of subjects and will be reasonably priced. There will also be a large amount of magazines, records, videos and cassettes.

Many categories are represented: children, history, romance, biography, fiction, military, literature, poetry, music, western, natural history, religion, sports, Americana, cookbooks, gardening, and much more.

Money raised by the book sale is used for the benefit of the archives and artifacts. Last year the book sale brought in between $5,000 and $6,000.

“This is the most we’ve ever had for books,” Paul said, scanning the massive room filled with table after table of books. “People have really been generous with their donations.”

The move to the new location and the sorting process has taken more than two dozen volunteers and several months to complete.

“We don’t work here all day,” Joan pointed out. “But it really does take a lot of volunteer work to get everything organized. And because we had to move to our new location, it was a lot more work.

For information about the book sale, or if you would still like to make a donation, call 507-725-3884 or email: [email protected]