Local Author Highlights Norfolk in Photos For New Book

NORFOLK – The City of Norfolk has changed and grown quite a bit in the last 50 years, with a local author highlighting Norfolk’s history through pictures in a recently released book.

Images of Modern America: Norfolk by Janet Portiner and published by Arcadia Publishing showcases Norfolk in photographs from 1960 to the present, producing images that capture the city’s history through various events, landmarks, and personalities. Portiner, a Nebraska native and graduate of Wayne State College says she spent a year researching and finding photos for the book, with a lot of help along the way.

“There were a lot of people involved in the writing of this book. Anybody I contacted was more than happy to fill in the blanks, to get me the information. There might only be one picture here, one picture there, but everybody was very helpful,” Portiner says.

This is Portiner’s first solo book after she previously contributed to other books and produced articles for journals and magazines. Portiner likes how the photos show the continued growth of Norfolk and also enjoyed including a few photos of Johnny Carson.

“They are pictures that are housed at the museum and owned by the Carson Foundation. They were very, very wonderful to work with to get the copyright permission to use these photos in the book and they are just excellent photos.”

Portiner will appear at numerous book signings in the area, including on June 27 from 4-6 p.m. at the Hastings Book Store, July 11 from 12-2 p.m. at the Abbey Christian Store, and September 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Museum. More information on the book can be found at www.norfolkbook.wordpress.com