Read how a farming community at the beginning of the 20th century quickly took on a vital role in the World War II effort in A History of Grand Prairie—Pre 1840s-2009. A book signing by author Kathy A. Goolsby will be Saturday, May 10, 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Dr. Purchase price for each book is $27, which includes tax.
General T. Michael Moseley, Retired Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force; John M. Thorne, lawyer for Marina Oswald, wife of Lee Harvey Oswald; Olympic Gold Medalists Jennifer McFalls and Jeremy Wariner, numerous professional athletes and superstar Selena Gomez have all lived in Grand Prairie. A History of Grand Prairie—Pre 1840s-2009 is a comprehensive look at Grand Prairie from the time nomadic tribes lived on this land near the Trinity River until the beginning of the 21st century. Author Kathy A. Goolsby combed through city records and newspaper archives to document the rich history of a city that evolved from an agricultural community to the 15th largest city in Texas.
The book features a century’s worth of photos showing the progression of downtown buildings and snapshots of Grand Prairie residents throughout the years.
"Knowing our city’s history brings pride to the community, and this book is a great way to preserve Grand Prairie’s story," said Amy Sprinkles, Communications and Library Director. "It’s an easy read and anyone with a love of Grand Prairie would be proud to display it on their coffee table."
In addition to the book signing on May 10, A History of Grand Prairie—Pre 1840s-2009, is available for purchase at the Grand Prairie Tourist Information Center gift shop, 2170 N. Belt Line Road, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.