Historical Society member Elizabeth Rimbault donated her time, labor and materials to retype and print Smith’s diary, and John McMullen of VFW Post 6435 secured a grant of $1,400 through the VFW for the printing of the 100 books. Staples in Antioch provided a significant discount for the printing, which allowed for nearly twice as many diaries to be produced.
Several of the books will be donated to Antioch schools and libraries through the partnership of the VFW and the Antioch Historical Society. The balance of the books will be sold at the museum and will help support the museum’s operations.
“Staples has done a beautiful job for us and the VFW has made the entire project possible,” said Rimbault. “The community, the schools and the museum will all benefit from this republishing. I’m very excited; it’s like a new grandchild.”
The new W.W. Smith diary, including photos, is available for $35 to Society members and $40 to non-members. Quantities are limited. For more information, call the Antioch Historical Society at 925-757-1326.