The Horry County Museum teamed up with students from Coastal Carolina University to publish the popular William Van Auken Green photo collection chronicling western Horry County from the 1920s to the 1940s.
The museum and the Athenaeum Press, the university press of CCU, are publishing a book of Green’s works during that period.
Walt Hill, director for the museum, said Green’s exhibits are always a fan favorite when displayed at the museum.
“Anytime we have ever exhibited this collection it has gotten great public response,” Hill said. “One of the responses we’ve always gotten from it is ‘Why isn’t this published?’”
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The museum sought after private funding and began working with the university to create the book, which is set to be published in January.
Alli Crandell, digital content coordinator at the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts who works on the Athenaeum Press, said the student-run publishing lab has been around for three years. It takes ideas for projects, develops them and hands them over to students for publication.
An example is the latest year-long project about Gullah spirituals called “Gullah: The Voice of an Island.”
Crandell said a lot of research went into the project.
“Over this past semester, what the students have done is they have looked through the archives, done a lot of research as far as western Horry County within this time period between the 1920s and the 1940s when William Van Auken Green was taking these photographs,” Crandell said. “It’s a really exciting process. Each of our publications are a diversity of locals stories. We really focus on bringing the regional untold stories of this area to a larger community and larger audience.”
Hill said the collaboration with CCU has been a great one.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Hill said. “It’s a positive for everybody. In the long run, we’ll be getting what the public has asked for and we’ll be getting it at no cost to us to make it available for the public.”