When it comes to preserving local history, modern social media - like Facebook - is making the efforts of local author Margo Azzarelli much easier.
"Social media is certainly a benefit," Azzarelli said. "I can get information out to the community via Facebook a lot quicker than word of mouth. It is an immense help with gathering photos and it also helps with the sales of books. I began a Facebook page for "Old Forge and Moosic" just a month ago and we are already up to 173 likes."
With two historical books, "Taylor" and "Green Ridge" via publisher Arcadia Publishing, already under her belt, Azzarelli's latest project is focused on Old Forge and Moosic. She's hopeful that Triboro-area residents will help her by sharing personal photos. The publishing company requires between 180-240 images per book. Collecting and sorting through images to pick the best ones can be a daunting task, but Azzarelli's been aided by the Facebook pages she runs.
"People post maps of the boroughs and photos," she said. "Plus they help when I have a question concerning the book. I would like people from both communities to be a part of the book. It's their history and it deserves to be preserved. Social media helps me get that message to them."
A self-proclaimed history buff, Azzarelli became actively interested in local history in 2004 when her daughter Marnie and husband Dominick performed in a historical play "Under the Lackawanna Moon" presented by the Lackawanna Historical Society. In addition to the Old Forge and Moosic Facebook page she administers, the author also oversees Azzarelli Family Historical Productions and the Forest Hill Cemetery Tour.
She plans to host a scanning day and meet-and-greet at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main Street, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.
"For this book, I've invested in a portable scanner so I can scan the pictures right in the library," she added. "People will not have to leave them with me. I hope to see a lot of people that day. I still need a lot of pictures and I am looking to the communities for help."