The Times publishing two books on Marietta’s history

The Marietta Times is publishing two books this fall that showcase Marietta’s past with hundreds of photos.

More than 600 photos are presented in “Around Town” and “Picturesque Past,” hard-back books showcasing the people and places that have added to the fabric of life in the area since the 1800s.

“Around Town”: A new 144-page book that is a must-have for anyone that treasures the history of the area. Featuring scores of never published photos, the book puts a spotlight on many of the places that today exist only as memories.

“Picturesque Past”: Originally published in 2001, this 128-page updated edition is the perfect complement to “Around Town” and features hundreds of photo not published in that book.

Marietta and the Mid-Ohio Valley have a rich history well documented by generations of photographers, and many of their photos are showcased for the first time in decades in “Around Town.”

Work by photographers such as Harry Phillip Fischer featured people and locations around Marietta that would have been lost to history without their efforts. The name of the book itself has long been used by the newspaper to identify different features of The Times.

When “Picturesque Past” was first offered to the public, the book quickly sold out.

“By republishing it, we are able to make it available to a new generation of people that may not have been able to obtain the book the first time,” said Jim Spanner, publisher of The Marietta Times. “We plan on publishing additional books in the coming years that will spotlight different areas of the communities that we serve.”

The Times’ sister publication, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, is publishing “PSHS 50” this year showcasing the first half century of Parkersburg South High School. Last year the newspaper published “PHS 100,” a book on the first century since the construction of Parkersburg High School.

All books are available by clicking on the “Books” link on either newspaper’s website, by using the in-paper coupon, or by stopping by the newspaper’s office.


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