New “Diary of William Wiggin Smith” history book by Antioch founder published

John McMullen of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Elizabeth Rimbault, Antioch Historical Society receive the first shipment of the W.W. Smith Diary from Carly, the print specialist at Staples in Antioch.

The new book, the Diary of William Wiggin Smith, one of the two brothers who founded Antioch, in 1849, is on sale at the Antioch Historical Society.

Historial Society member Elizabeth Rimbault donated her time, labor and materials to completely retype and print the Diary of William Wiggin Smith, as a gift to the museum. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States, Post # 6435, Antioch, provided a grant of $1,400 to pay for the printing of the book and Staples of Antioch provided excellent discounts allowing for twice as many books to be ordered than projected.

Several of the books will be donated to the Antioch schools libraries through the partnership of the VFW and the Historical Society. The grant enabled the Society to “Shop Antioch” and support the local economy. The balance of the books will be sold at the museum only and will support museum operations.

The new W.W. Smith Diary, with photos is available for $35.00 to Society members and $40.00 to non-members. There is a limited supply available of only 100 books. The original diary was first transcribed by Smith’s son, Charles W. Smith in 1941. The only copy available had become difficult to read and fragile. The new publishing is an exact copy of the original adding photos and interesting documents at the rear.

Staples has done a beautiful job for us and the Veterans have made the entire project possible,” Rimbault stated. “The community, the schools and the museum all benefit from this republishing of the Diary. I’m very excited, it’s like a new grandchild.”

Antioch Historical Society Museum is located at 1500 W. Fourth Street, Antioch and is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

For more information call (925) 757-1326 or email

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