Hill Top begins card project

Hill Top Heritage’s next project is in the cards.

 

This early branding photo taken at Goldsberry Ranch may be used in the Hill Top Heritage Foundation's unique deck of cards featuring area photos of historic interest. (Courtesy Photo)
This early branding photo taken at Goldsberry Ranch may be used in the Hill Top Heritage Foundation’s unique deck of cards featuring area photos of historic interest. (Courtesy Photo)
The Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo was first held in the Killdeer Mountains.  This 1946 photo of the long-running rodeo will likely be used on the back of the deck of cards featuring historic photos of the area. (Courtesy Photo)
The Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo was first held in the Killdeer Mountains. This 1946 photo of the long-running rodeo will likely be used on the back of the deck of cards featuring historic photos of the area. (Courtesy Photo)

Submitted by SHEILA MURPHY

Posted May 3, 2013

KILLDEER — Hill Top Heritage’s next project is in the cards.

The nursing home fundraising arm is planning to assemble a unique set of playing cards with each card in the deck featuring a local photograph, according to Vicki Pennington, director of the foundation.

Pennington said area residents will determine what picture goes on the face of the card they purchase.

“We are hoping for a well-rounded group of pictures that depict life in this area throughout its history,” she said.

The back of the cards will likely feature a picture of the long-running Killdeer rodeo back in its early days when it was held in a natural bowl in the Killdeer Mountains. This scene seems appropriate in that “The rodeo was a major social event in our community back then,” she said, and it continues to be very popular today.

Photos of farm and ranch life are expected to dominate the deck, and already people are looking through family albums for pictures of their forebearers riding horse, competing in rodeos, and farming in the pre-tractor days. Scenic photos and pictures of early businesses in the trade area are also sought, as well as photos of landmarks and early pioneers. Photographs of old churches, schools and cemeteries would also be welcome.

Board members would also like to see some sports photos included – the first football team to win state or the last boys’ basketball team to compete in the big dance, for example.

Persons sponsoring the cards should bring their photos to Pennington at the nursing home where she will scan them and return the photos right away. If that is not possible, sponsors should talk to Pennington before scanning the photos and emailing them to her. Photos will be cropped and edited as needed to fit the format and erase unwanted details.

The committee has some historic photos that will be used if someone is interested in sponsoring a card but does not have a photo they wish to use.

The pictures are due on June 1. This will give the committee time to assemble an attractive deck of cards and get them to the publisher. The decks cards will be available at the foundation’s annual steak fry in October. They would make perfect stocking stuffers at Christmas for someone who has everything.

Each deck will feature the 52 regulation cards, along with three joker/wild cards, for a total of 55 cards. The cost of sponsoring a card is $75 for cards two through ten, $150 for face cards, jokers and wild cards, and $250 for aces.

Each card will be tagged with the name of the person or event and the sponsor’s name. No logos are permitted.

Persons or businesses interested in sponsoring a card should contact Pennington at the nursing home, committee chairman Bob Dolezal, or committee members Kevin Candrian or Sheila Murphy.


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