PICO RIVERA - Old photographs are creating new interest in Pico Rivera, through a book published to commemorate the area's long history.
The Pico Rivera History and Heritage Society, which operates the Pico Rivera Historical Museum, was approached by Arcadia Publishing a few years ago, museum manager and society Vice President Susana Lozano said.
The publishing company is best known for its series called "Images of America," which documents historical photos from cities across the country. "Pico Rivera," when it is released on Monday, will be part of the series.
"The book is about how the two communities, Pico and Rivera, became one city," Lozano said. "It's a nice coincidence that the book was released around the time of the city's 50th anniversary."
The 128-page book, which will be sold at Borders in Pico Rivera and through the History and Heritage Society, is not the first published about the city. Another book, "Pico Rivera: Where the World Began," was produced in the early 1980s but is now out of print.
"A lot of people had expressed the a desire to have that book, which is no longer available," Lozano said. "So when this opportunity came up with Arcadia Publishing, it was just the ideal thing for us."
Lozano said she hopes the new book will replace old works and help the city celebrate its 50th.
Adriana Moran, supervisor for Senior Services and the Pico Rivera Center for the Arts, is a city liaison to the history and heritage society. She said the city wants to help market the book, and is working with Lozano and representatives of Borders book store to arrange an event at the store.
"I think it's important for the kids here, to look back and see how the city's evolved," Moran said. "I think it will give the kids some motivation to want to be involved in the community."
While previous books about the city were text-heavy, the new book is dominated by photos, with only a short written introduction to the city's history and captions to explain each image.
"The reader will still get a feel for some history and hopefully still enjoy seeing the changes in the city," Lozano said.
The book will also be used as the History and Heritage Society's primary fund-raiser this year.
"We were able to get a discount on the purchase of the book, so that will allow us to make a small profit," Lozano said.
According to Lozano, the society bought 500 copies and plan to sell each for $20.
Beverly Walker, society chairwoman, said she hopes the book will help keep the museum, which charges no admission and runs mostly on donations, afloat.
"It's just for the operation of our museum, just to keep us open and do what we need to do," Walker said of the book. "And it ties in with the 50th anniversary of the city of Pico Rivera."
Copies of the book can be purchased after Feb. 11 at the museum or at Borders book store.
For information about the museum or how to get a copy of "Pico Rivera," call (562) 949-7100.