He and his son Jon will be getting to know the area a whole lot better since Bragg enlisted the pair in a writing project for the Images of America book series.
Their first stop was Metropolis. The pair presented the publication to the Massac County Historical Society at its May meeting.
Their second stop will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, June 8 at the Metropolis Public Library when they are scheduled to present the book to the public.
Produced by Arcadia Publishing, the Images of America series uses local authors to archive the history of small towns and downtowns across the country through more than 200 vintage images. There are more than 5965 books in the series.
Bragg's family settled in southern Illinois in the mid-1800s after coming to America through Virginia and then moving on to Tennessee.
While he grew up in southern Illinois, Bragg became familiar with Metropolis during the early 1970s when he was living in Cairo and working for almost a year in Metropolis office of State's Attorney Robert Neely. After living in Cairo, the Braggs spent five years in Du Quoin where he worked for the police department. Bragg now lives in St. Charles, Mo., where he learned of the Arcadia Publishing project.
Actually, he thought he was going to learn a little about wine when he got the notice in spring 2010 of the Library Friends in St. Charles' program on the book Missouri Wine Country: St. Charles to Hermann.
He was slightly disappointed when he heard: "First thing we want to tell you is — we don't know anything about wine, this is history."
But he stayed with the crowd of about 25 and realized he could do that, too, and thought it'd make a good father-son project when he retired in a couple of years.
"So I went home, looked (Arcadia Publishing) up on the internet and when I got to southern Illinois, there were no dots," he said.
He contacted the publisher, explained his roots were in southern Illinois and said he and his son would like to do the books on the area. While Bragg hadn't even mentioned the idea of the father-son project to Jon, who lives in Carbondale, Arcadia was looking for them to begin immediately.
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