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Swider leaves behind 'Memories'

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Pictured from left are Danielle Krol, Mohave County Library District director, and  Beth Swider, creator of “Memories from A to Z.” It will be used as the cover art for a new Mohave County Oral History Collection being compiled by Mohave County Library.

Courtesy<br> Pictured from left are Danielle Krol, Mohave County Library District director, and Beth Swider, creator of “Memories from A to Z.” It will be used as the cover art for a new Mohave County Oral History Collection being compiled by Mohave County Library.

Beth Swider has said goodbye to Kingman, but she leaves a part of herself behind to remind future generations about how Mohave County's past is woven together to create the future. Beth's "Memories from A to Z" artwork will be the first book cover on the new Mohave County Library Oral History collection. Historians and library staff have been collecting oral histories from residents throughout the county. The new library collection will document the county's rich history from the memories of those who lived it.

When asked what inspired her, Beth told of moving to Peach Springs 11 years ago and teaching for five years. She has also spent her last seven years in Kingman volunteering for many local organizations.

"I envisioned the cover art depicting the area's rich past with so many cultures," she said. "This is not a melting pot. It's a wonderful salad with many ingredients all mixed together and yet each one maintaining its own flavor."

The Mohave County Library will introduce the new oral history collection in 2013 and you will see Beth Swider's "Memories from A to Z" artwork displayed with the new collection.

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