The initiative will focus on books and articles that highlight the historical and cultural heritage of the county and the surrounding region.
“By building a strong connection between Cal Poly’s (Graphic Communication Institute) publication program and the History Center’s journal and book projects, we can make a lasting historical and literary contribution to the communities of San Luis Obispo County and beyond,” Eva Ulz, History Center curator, said in a statement.
The first project will be to restart La Vista, a journal of Central Coast history published from 1968 to the 1980s by historians and Cal Poly professors emeritus Loren Nicholson and Dan Krieger.
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The new La Vista will be released at the History Center’s annual meeting in May 2015 and be available in stores statewide and online.
The journal’s editorial board will consist of the History Center, Cal Poly, local historians and members of the community.
Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Institute, which has a history of publishing local authors and topics, will create opportunities for expedited publishing and collaborative efforts between scholars, community professionals and students.
The History Center also will work on producing nonfiction and pictorial books by local authors, and work with history groups around the county to identify important topics.
Connections between local historical researchers and authors will also be facilitated by the center.