Doris Bloodsworth, a longtime South Lake resident, historian, Pulitzer-nominated writer, and named Lake County Historian of the Year has been presenting a preview of the upcoming book, “Clermont: From Gem of the Hills to Choice of Champions” to civic organizations, businesses and social groups. The book is expected to hit the presses by December.

pictured L-R: Cooper Memorial Library Board – Lucy Hage, Lisa Graham, Doris Bloodsworth, Michelle Delaney, Toni Bell, and Terry Moherek. not pictures: Carrlyn Harris and Dennis Horton

Bloodsworth and the Cooper Memorial Library Board have been working for several years to create a comprehensive history of the city, from the Ice Age through the first Native Americans, to the founders of modern-day Clermont and the years leading up to 2019. There are hundreds of rare photos, and the book includes stories and history that are published for the first time.

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