“Greer, Then & Now,” is a picture book with meaty captions of Greer scenes that provides a unique snapshot in time. Pictures of the city are shown as they looked historically juxtaposed with photos of how they appear now.
“We decided that Then & Now would be interesting at this point in history because many of the pictures that we’ve seen over Greer’s history are the turn of the 20th century, and here we are at the turn of the 21st century,” co-author Joada P. Hiatt said.
“It would be interesting to capture the places now because in 100 years someone will look back just as we’re looking back on the early 20th century and say, ‘well, what was there?’ ” said Hiatt, curator of the Greer Heritage Museum.
The book authored by Greer residents Hiatt and Ray Belcher is the third in a Greer series published by Arcadia Publishing.
Subjects in the 95 pages include farms and mills, street scenes and residences, trade and business, schools and institutions and churches.
“Readers may find a picture of a building that they may frequent and will be able to see what it looked like back in the day,” Arcadia spokeswoman Emily Higgins said via e-mail.
The trade paperback goes on sale for $19.99 at local retailers, online bookstores or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com Sept. 29. Arcadia can be reached at 888-313-2665.