After penning her first book on Columbus history, Janice Ulrich decided to seek help from a close friend for the second installment.
Ulrich, along with the assistance of Suzanne Walcott, have published “Discover Columbus, World War II Era to 2017.” The self-published book continues Ulrich’s work from her first installment on Columbus history, “Images of America, Columbus,” which was published in 2016.
The first volume examines the community’s beginnings from the mid-1800s through World War II. Ulrich said the popularity of the initial project led her to pursue another volume.
“This one goes from about 1950 to present day,” Ulrich said.
The second volume is packed with photos and details about churches, businesses, schools and many of the city’s historic homes. Columbus’ rich history is known throughout the state and nationally. With the recent addition of the Dix-Warner neighborhood to the National Register of Historic Places, Columbus boasts 22 listings on the National Register.
Ulrich’s first book was published through Arcadia Publishing and The History Press. The company has published many books about Wisconsin history and its titles can be seen in shops and bookstores across the state. However, for the second edition, Ulrich wanted more creative freedom and decided self-publishing was the best option. Walcott used her artistic background to design the book and complete Ulrich’s vision for the second edition.
“There is no way I would have been able to do this without Sue,” Ulrich said. “We really worked together as a team on this one.”
As longtime Columbus residents, Ulrich and Walcott are knowledgeable about the city’s history.
“I have been in Columbus most of my life and Sue has been here since 1972,” Ulrich said.
The book’s cover features a painting from artist Susan Stare depicting a scene in downtown Columbus that likely happened many times. A small child is ordering a treat from a vendor operating the popcorn wagon. Ulrich said the second edition is a little smaller than the first, but still features plenty of local history.
In the book, the author highlights several of Columbus’ businesses passed down through generations. Ulrich also focuses on some of the homes built during the housing boom of the early 1950s.
While both Ulrich and Walcott admit producing the book was a great deal of work, they enjoyed the process.
Ulrich said profits from sales of the second edition will go to the Columbus Historic Landmarks and Preservation Commission. The commission is instrumental in getting the city’s history honored and building its long list of places on the National Register.
Ulrich has additional material to research and write about so she isn’t ruling out a third installment.
“Discover Columbus, World War II Era to 2017,” costs $20 and is available throughout Columbus at the following locations: Julie’s Java House, Sharrow’s Downtown, Walcott Studio, Farmers and Merchants Union Bank, Columbus West Travel Center, Capri Steak House, the gift shop at Columbus Community Hospital, Kurth Brewery, Bombshell Hair Designs and Central Beauty Shoppe.