A Look Inside “An Illustrated Tour” Color Your Way Through Laconia’s History

“An Illustrated Tour” Color Your Way Through Laconia’s History, is the first book in an educational coloring book series titled “Color Your Way USA.” This series is geared toward children, adults, and art lovers alike. It’s based on historical locations throughout the United States and is a collaborative effort between illustrator Courtney Parsons and author Heidi Smith. This project is ultimately made possible by Give A Salute! Publishing Co, and the LHMS, who provided all historical information & reference photos used in this book.

Background & Conception

In the summer of 2021, I posted this drawing of the Colonial Theatre on Facebook, which caught the eye of Heidi Smith, a Lakes Region New Hampshire native, historian, and conservator.

After the image was shared across local groups, Heidi approached me about illustrating a coloring book about Laconia — and the rest was “history.”


Throughout the book, the intent behind the overgrown/oversized plant theme is meant to represent the idea of “breathing life” back into the historic downtown neighborhood; the meaning behind the book itself is to educate people and raise money for the LHMS. Heidi’s little-before discussed historical facts and my illustrative interpretations present a unique perspective on 16 local buildings, landmarks, and other prominent areas from Laconia’s past and present.


Purchase it on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble today, and stay tuned — Your town or city could be next! Contact Give A Salute! Publishing if you’re interested in seeing your city or town represented in a coloring book of their own.