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New Book Showcases Oakdale’s Early Years
book launch

Just in time for the holidays, the Friends of Oakdale Heritage have a couple of events lined up to promote the sale of their new book through Arcadia Publishing.

The book is called “Images of America OAKDALE” and is serving as a fall fundraiser for the organization, which oversees the Oakdale Museum and History Center at 212 W. F St., Oakdale.

“We had an impromptu pop-up during (Oakdale’s) Fall Festival and the response was amazing,” noted Barbara Torres of the Friends group. “Our official Book Launch will be November 15 at the Chamber of Commerce office.”

The book is described as a ‘pictorial history’ of early Oakdale and sells for $27, tax included.

The launch event will be on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce office, 590 N. Yosemite Ave.; no RSVP is necessary. Refreshments will be served.

On Saturday, Nov. 18 there will be a special ‘Happy Book Giving’ drive-thru book sale, hosted at the museum on West F. Torres said they will ‘drop the chain’ on the driveway and those wishing to can purchase a book and drive through and out the back side of the museum driveway, exiting on to Lottie Street.

That drive-thru will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; sales will benefit the Oakdale Museum and History Center.

Torres noted that if the books are purchased from outside vendors, the Friends of Oakdale Heritage organization receives less than a dollar on each sale. Purchasing from Museum volunteers supports the organization’s efforts far more, she added.

“Our website: has been updated for those who have moved away,” Torres explained of those who may want to go online to order the book for themselves or perhaps as a gift for the holidays. “Click on “Oakdale Book” to access the order form.”

Also, the Oakdale Museum and History Cener is currently looking for volunteers to become docents.

The goal, said Torres, is to bring more docents on board to allow the museum to be open more hours during the week for visitors to enjoy.

The informational meeting for those interested in volunteering is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum on West F Street.