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In June, Terry A. McNealy '65 published Bucks County: An Illustrated History, a 362-page account covering the 17th through 20th centuries, starting with the area's Native Americans and ending with the trauma of the Vietnam War.

McNealy served 22 years as librarian for Bucks County (Pa.) Historical Society, which commissioned the book and provided resources including photo, art, and map collections. It took three years to complete.

Asked what attracted him to the project, McNealy says, “Having been librarian for a long time, I obviously had some interest in local history-it comes with the territory.” The most challenging part was the 20th century, which has less historical material devoted to it than earlier time periods, he says. “Selecting the illustrations was an interesting process,” he adds, “and I enjoyed working with the photographer and designer to make it all come together.”

After retiring as librarian eight years ago, McNealy has been compiling indexes and doing freelance writing for publications such as the quarterly Bucks County Town and Country Living. A history graduate, he has a master's in library science from Drexel University.

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