Do the first for the enjoyment of local history, and if it moves you, do one for money! Back when this thread first started, while killing time in a hotel room, I read a John Grisham novel by the name of "Callico Joe". The book was not in Grisham's normal lawyer style, but was a fictional work written around factual sports figures. In this case it was about baseball players from the late 70's to early 80's, and ignited memories I had forgotten. My point is, Grisham took a book of sports figures & facts, then tied all together around a fictional character.
But back to your original idea, it sounds very interesting and one I would definitely buy.