Barbara Goodman with Dallin sculpture.Barbara Goodman 'lounges' with Dallin sculpture.

The Cyrus Dallin Art Museum was the host for a book-signing for Legendary Locals of Arlington by Barbara Goodman and Marjorie Howard.

The authors presented illustrations of Arlington residents, past and present, and recounted their stories of talent, service and sometimes determination.

Among the 100 fascinating "legendaries" who contributed to our town and are prominent in their careers are the museum’s own trustees, some of whom attend the Jan. 10 event:

-- In his retirement, Roly Chaput is a full-time public servant and community activist for the Brackett School, Dallin Art Museum and Robbins Farm Park as well as a Town Meeting member and member of the tourism and economic development committee. Read about one of his efforts here >> 

-- Chris Costello is a graphic designer and illustrator for 30 years. In 2015 his artistic rendering of the Doolittle Raid over Japan in 1942 was chosen for a congressional medal. Costello's talents are highly appreciated at the Dallin Museum, where he is a trustee. Read a story about that here >>

-- Jim McGough’s involvement began with discovering the sculptor of the Robbins Memorial Flagstaff. This research sparked his dedication to Cyrus Dallin, and in 1995 his founding the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum in Dallin’s honor. McGough continues to give lectures and most weekends can be found giving tours.

-- Geri Tremblay was a teacher of Latin and Greek and Roman studies at Arlington High School for 25 years. In 1995, she became one of the first trustees of the Dallin Museum, cataloguing artifacts, writing grants, implementing the education program and presenting lectures and tours. She continues her service to the museum as trustee and director.

-- Nancy White -- artist, designer and museum docent -- proudly photographed Shadow the cat for Legendary Locals. Her beautiful photography of scenes about town is available locally.

Goodman and Howard had an enthusiastic crowd for their presentation and book-signing.

The authors have researched and collected an impressive array of intriguing individuals who have served Arlington in business, public and community service, public space and arts and culture as well as other notables who have been illustrious in their chosen fields.

Legendary Locals of Arlington is a must-read for every resident of "oppidum Arlingtoniensis."

See some photos from the event >>

This report was published Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. Geri Tremblay wrote it and contributed the photos.