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Authors to sign copies of book Tuesday in Salado

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Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 4:30 am

SALADO — The authors of a new picture book about Salado will be honored with a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Fletcher’s Books, 945 N. Main St.

Mary Harrison Hodge and Charlene Ochsner Carson compiled “Images of America, Salado,” a soft-cover book published by Arcadia Press. The authors selected more than 200 vintage photographs that illustrate Salado’s diverse history.

The book contains brief text along with archival photos of the Central Texas historic village begun in the 1850s, when the county began. It is the site of one of the earliest colleges in the state and several distinctive 19th-century homes. The former Shady Villa Hotel, now the Stagecoach Inn, served many cowhands and historical figures, including Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, and Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Hodge, a longtime Salado resident, is active with several historical societies and is a member of the Daughters of the Revolutionary War and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Carson serves as archivist for her church and the local historical society.

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