Sales of Lake Panorama History Book Continue

Susan Thompson, author of Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years, prepares to sign a book for Janet Luing, while Gary Soreide waits in line. The book celebration also included historical displays and a short program.

About 100 people attended the August 20 celebration of a new book about Lake Panorama. Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years is a full-color, hardcover 112-page book that includes both historic and contemporary photos. Chapters in the book describe six decades of planning and development. 

The event was held at the Lake Panorama National conference center. During the first hour, attendees purchased books, viewed historical displays, and talked with Susan Thompson, the book’s author. Thompson also signed books on request. 

A program included comments from John Rutledge, LPA general manager, Thompson, and members of the audience. 

The LPA financed the book’s production. Just over 1,000 books were printed, with 350 of those purchased online in advance. An estimated 50 people who ordered online have not yet picked up their books, which are available during business hours at the LPA office.

More than 100 books have been sold directly since the books arrived in late July. Books are available for purchase at the LPA and LPN front desks, and Panorama West Clubhouse. The cost is $35, which includes tax. Purchases can be made at these locations via cash, check, or credit card. The book also is available at the Panora Library, with purchases there cash or check only. 

On Tuesday, October 15, Thompson will be at the Panora Library from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to talk about the history of Lake Panorama, and answer questions. She’ll also have copies of the book available for purchase, and sign books on request. 

The LPA donated one free copy to libraries in Bagley, Bayard, Casey, Guthrie Center, Jamaica, Linden, Menlo, Panora, and Stuart, so the book can be checked out at those locations.  

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