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November 27, 2012

Knables donate 22 bicentennial books to school system

Proceeds from book sales support events for 2013 celebration

NEW ALBANY — Every public school in Floyd County will have a copy of New Albany’s official bicentennial book thanks to Dr. Al and Jessica Knable.

The couple purchased 22 copies of “Historic New Albany, Indiana: By the River’s Edge” and donated them to the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp.

The books were dropped off at Scribner Middle School this week to be dispersed to the 22 Floyd County public schools. Al Knable said he and his wife were impressed by the book and wanted others to be able to learn about New Albany’s history.

“It really presents New Albany in such a positive light,” he said.

Scribner Assistant Principal Paul Raake said the school, which bears the name of one of New Albany’s most influential families, was a logical choice to serve as the dropoff point for the books.

“Scribner is a name that I’d say has been associated with the city since its beginning,” he said.

The school system is grateful for the Knables donation, and the books will be available for viewing in each school’s library, Raake continued.

The books are being sold for $40 each, and 5,000 were initially printed. They can be purchased locally at J.O. Endris Jewelers, The Gallery on Pearl and Ben Franklin, and also online at www.newalbany200.org.

New Albany Bicentennial Commission member Bob Caesar said the book proceeds will fund community events.

“All of the money we receive goes directly to the bicentennial,” said Caesar, who is also a New Albany City Councilman.

He said the commission is extremely thankful for the generosity shown by the Knables.

Style shows, artist exhibits and home tours are among the events planned for the 2013 celebration. Caesar said all sorts of commemorative items from past city anniversaries have been again discovered by local residents.

“But there’s never been a book like this,” said commission member Shelle England.

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