New houses seem to pop up every day in the Triangle, while tall office buildings rise up in downtown Raleigh.
In Wake County alone, we grow by an average of 60 or so residents a day and continue to be on "Best of" lists across the country.
Looking ahead, Raleigh's future is bright.
Sometimes, though, it's nice to look to our past — to remember where we came from, to connect with our roots, and to see how far we've come.
The 136-page hardcover book will feature photos of Raleigh's history, from 1800 through 1939.
Think of it as a time capsule of sorts.
The City of Raleigh Museum and the State Archives have contributed some iconic photos, including one of our favorites of the Raleigh Times news carriers from 1914.
But we want to see your photos, too. Do you have photos from the early years in downtown? What about at NC State? Maybe a football game at Raleigh High School, or a play at Raleigh Little Theatre? At that time, many of the institutions and buildings we see every day were just getting started.
Four sessions are planned where you can bring your photos to be scanned for possible inclusion in the book.
This is just the first book on Raleigh's history. Look for more books to come in the future for other time periods.
The sale of the book benefits the News in Education program, which provides newspaper resources to more than 14,000 students in the Triangle.
Before you go to a scanning session (more on that in a minute), look at these guidelines for the types of photos we're looking for.
▪ General interest photos, such as commerce, industry, transportation, rural life, public service and more.
▪ Photos taken from 1800 through 1939. (Hold onto those later years photos for future books.)
▪ Photos only – preferably original photos (no newspaper clippings or photocopies).
▪ Photos taken in Raleigh
▪ One submission form per photo. Photo contributers should download and fill out the form in advance. The form can be found at https://bit.ly/2KQej9K.
▪ Limit 10 photos per family.
▪ If you are a private collector, please call 360-723-5800 to set up an appointment.
No appointment is necessary. The photos will be scanned while you wait.
▪ July 6, 10 a.m. to noon, The News & Observer, 421 Fayetteville St., Suite 104, Raleigh. (Note our new location. We've moved from longtime home on South McDowell Street.)
▪ July 6, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Olivia Raney Local History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh.
▪ July 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh.
▪ July 9, 3 to 5 p.m. The News & Observer
How to get the book
The limited edition book will ship Dec. 7. It is on sale for $29.95 now, which is $15 off the cover price. Go to pediment.com/products/raleigh-memories-the-early-years.
Now, go dig up some photos.