Members of the Historic Preservation Commission of Carroll display the new two-year calendars, &ldquo;Carroll Then and Now.&rdquo; Pictured are (from left) Vicki Gach, vice chairwoman of the Commission; Barbara Hackfort, chairwoman; and Mary Baumhover, secretary.&nbsp; <span style="font-size: xx-small;"><em>Daily Times Herald photo by Douglas Burns</em></span>
Members of the Historic Preservation Commission of Carroll display the new two-year calendars, “Carroll Then and Now.” Pictured are (from left) Vicki Gach, vice chairwoman of the Commission; Barbara Hackfort, chairwoman; and Mary Baumhover, secretary.  Daily Times Herald photo by Douglas Burns
Monday, October 8, 2012

Contemporary and historical photos blend beautifully in a new calendar released for sale by the Historic Preservation Commission of Carroll.

The city’s post office through the years, numerous churches, schools (including a shot of the first school in Carroll, the 1880 Northside Public), theaters and the chronology of hospitals are included in the two-year or 25-month calendar, “Carroll Then and Now.”

“This is a service to the community,” said Barbara Hackfort, chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Commission.

The commission is selling the calendars for $5 each, enough to roughly cover the cost of production. The calendars were released last week in time for the holiday season. If the commission moves enough of them in coming weeks, members will eye a second printing. The calendars run from December 2012 to December 2014.

Beside the collages of photos, the calendars include historical information. We learn, for example, that on Presidents Day in 1926 (which will next be Monday, Feb. 18, 2013) Teddy Roosevelt passed through Carroll on a train. A few weeks later, the first talking movies were shown in Carroll at the Royal Theatre, on March 12, 1929. On April 20, 1937 the city council moved to re-route U.S. Highway 71 though the city.

Last year, the commission gave away 300 2012 calendars.

“It generated an awful lot of interest,” Hackfort said.

Now is the perfect time to purchase one of the calendars, she added.

“Christmas is a time of traditions, and this will help generate some memories of traditions,” Hackfort said.

The calendars make nice gifts for former Carroll residents, said Mary Baumhover, secretary of the commission.

“There are so many families that were here, that have moved away, and would love the nostalgia,” Baumhover said.

Commission vice chairwoman Vicki Gach played the key role in coordinating the photos and art for the calendars.

She said the experience left her impressed with the progressive spirit of Carroll — a lesson current residents should learn from past generations.

“Although change has seldom been smooth or easy, people in Carroll have eventually embraced the changes to the extent that we now take for granted many institutions and structures from the past,” Gach said. “Besides just moving forward, though, we have a responsibility to preserve and maintain the foundations upon which Carroll has been built and rebuilt — historic places like the museum, the depot, the parks, St. Angela’s, the baseball and football stadiums, the churches and many houses.”

The calendars are available at the following locations: Carroll Apothecary, Rutten’s Vacuum Center, the Carroll Chamber of Commerce and city hall.

Those interested in making arrangements via the Internet can contact Baumhover at mbaumhover@mchsi.com.