Accounts of the Union County Historical Society

From the Editor of ACCOUNTS of Union County History

ACCOUNTS is not your usual journal of local history. It isn’t the preserve of trained historians and scholarly writers. Not that their contributions aren’t welcome, but ACCOUNTS is a community resource, available to anyone who knows something about the history of Union County and wants to share.

A bit rusty on your writing? I can lend a hand. Rough something out and I’ll work with you until its ready. Can’t type? I’ll take your essay in legible longhand and type it up for you. Most items will be short – 2 to 8 double-spaced pages. No footnotes or bibliography required.

What are we looking for? The sort of item about our local history that you’d say, “That ought to be written down. It will be a shame if that’s forgotten.”

Read and enjoy some of the essays. They are a few of the many of things worth sharing in ACCOUNTS.
There are some more detailed guidelines at the back of this issue. If you’ve got an idea for an essay, please get in touch with me. And if you know somebody else who knows some history with whom I should get in touch, just send me the name and contact information, and I’ll invite them to contribute a piece.

ACCOUNTS is only available on line, through the Society’s web site. Why isn’t it available in a paper copy? Well, printed copies entail subscriptions, paper purchasing, printing, mailing, postage, trips to the post office – in short, a lot more costs and people time than your leanly run Historical Society can supply. But, if you have a printer with your computer, you’re welcome to print out for yourself whatever you want see on paper.
So enjoy these articles and recollect that bit of local history you know about that could appear in an upcoming issue.

Tom Greaves

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Details from the Editor of ACCOUNTS of Union County History

ACCOUNTS of Union County History provide an opportunity to record short articles or commentary on our local history "just" so they are not lost to history.  ACCOUNTS are published each fall and spring and are available free of charge. ACCOUNTS are available only at this web site and only in pdf format.  ACCOUNTS is not reserved for those who are polished, experienced writers. It is an expression of ourselves as a community, a community of folks who pay attention to local history and want to help enrich it.

Here are some specifics:

  • ACCOUNTS is an opportunity to contribute to Union County’s historical record.
  • ACCOUNTS is not a journal of formal scholarship. No bibliography or footnotes please.
  • Items will be short: 200 – 1500 words (a double-spaced page has 250 to 300 words; so
    1 to 6 pages in length).
  • Some compositional specifics are provided below.
  • A variety of items are being sought, such as: 

- Accounts of events in Union County’s history
- Accounts from family history
- Accounts of the lives of persons associated with the County
- Accounts of businesses, communities and places
- Descriptions of objects and their makers (such as furniture, buggies, etc.)
- Accounts of buildings (homes, farm buildings, churches, commercial buildings, 
etc.), monuments, public works 

ACCOUNTS is edited by Tom Greaves (Society member and former board member). Do you have an item to propose? Please send Tom an e-mail and he’ll be in touch. He will also be happy to get your suggestion about a potential author whom he can invite to contribute interesting items. 

Contact: Tom Greaves,

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Compositional Specifics for Contributers to ACCOUNTS of Union County History

- Advice to Contributors: Accuracy is paramount.

Focus on what is relevant to Union County history.

Write about what you know best.

Items can range from 200 to 1500 words in length.

The editor will be happy to work with an author to strengthen the material.

- Technical Stipulations:

Photographs can be included provided author has permission to use them.

Get consent of people and families mentioned; author bears sole responsibility for any objections raised.

New material please; previously published work is usually not accepted.

Lists or documents can be included, but need to be explained and discussed in the author’s words.

Analyses of specific pre-contact archaeological sites and artifacts are usually not accepted.

Copyright is held by Society; the author may republish or reuse the item without restriction.

An item re-published after appearing in a UCHS publication should cite its prior publication by the Society.

- Editorial Decisions:

A disclaimer will appear in each issue that Society does not take a position on the content of any item.

Editor will establish an “editorial board” which will function as consultants and advisors regarding questionable submissions.

Decisions by the Editor will be final.

A “Letters Received” column will be included for those who wish to

respond to or amplify a previously appearing item. To be published, such

letters must be phrased collegially, in the spirit of improving what is