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100th Anniversary Celebration

May 21, 2013

100 years old. Quite a feat. I’m not 100, but the pioneer built Ruth Chapel in Parker, Colorado turned 100 on May 13, 2013. A community celebration sponsored by the town of Parker and the Parker Area Historical Society on May 18th featured hay rides, tours of the chapel, and refreshments of the era accompanied by music from a “brass band.”

I was fortunate to be included in the festivities and spent the morning handing out celebratory red carnations to the ladies. Also briefly neglecting my carnation duties, I had my photo taken in front of the “motor car” which added color and interest to the morning.

The story of Ruth Chapel is similar to other historic buildings throughout the West. Female residents of the area decided it was time for some childhood religious training so began a Sunday School that met in the local school in the 1880’s. Later circuit riding ministers held monthly services in the school. In the early 1900’s, the community was in need of a church. George Parker one of the co-founders of the town, which bears his name, sold the church property for $1 and later school superintendent, Dr. Heath, donated the land. The building had one paid worker, construction supervisor William Holmes; the remaining workers were local ranchers and farmers who donated their time and skills to build the small church.

It didn’t matter the religious affiliation of the worker; the community banded together to get the job done. The basement was excavated with a horse drawn scraper and local families contributed the building’s light plant and furnace.

By the 1913 completion date, Dr. Heath had passed away but the building was dedicated in memory of his daughter who had passed away before the Heaths came to Colorado. It was called the Ruth Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church.

Like all community endeavors, membership in the church waxed and waned with the area population sometimes counting less than ten attendees until the Parker community began to grow in the early 1980’s. The Methodist church out grew the building and purchased the vacant school building next door. The Ruth Chapel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and after being purchased by the Town of Parker has become the site of small weddings and similar events.


The Good and Bad News

November 19, 2007

Proper Manuscript Format

Hello Writers,

If you have been following this blog, I’ve been offering my expertise on writing and getting published. Today, I’d like to discuss a necessary writing evil for getting published. It is called manuscript format.

If you are writing to be published on the Net, this isn’t quite as important. But if you are yearning for print publication, here’s the down and dirty. A manuscript MUST be in proper format before it will be considered by a print publisher. If it isn’t in proper format, it will end up back in your envelop or as landfill.

What does that mean? Here are the basics.

  1. The manuscript must be typed, that means from your handy Mac or PC, in 10 or 12 point type in either Times Roman or Courier type. For the beginner, these two typefaces are called serif type because they have those “serifs” (any of the short lines stemming from and at an angle to the upper and lower ends of the strokes of a letter)(Thank you, Merriam Webster dictionary). San serif type (Arial) is not looked upon with a kind eye.
  2. The manuscript must be double-spaced on one side of the paper only.
  3. The manuscript should have the title centered about 3 inches down from the top for an article or short story.
  4. The first page of an article or short story should have the author’s name, address, and telephone number in the upper left hand corner and the approximate word count on the right hand corner.
  5. Most editors prefer page numbers on subsequent pages in the upper right corner with the title centered and the author’s last name on the upper left corner in a header format.

That should get you started. Next time I’ll discuss novel and book-length format.

Sandy Whelchel is the author of seven published nonfiction books and two novels. Her most recent book is THE NATIONAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION GUIDE TO WRITING FOR BEGINNERS, ISBN:978-1-57886-685-4