As one of the country’s Olympics hosts, the city of Volos was widely promoted this summer for its rich past, present and future. This image is also the reason behind the publication of an informative, well-illustrated historical book by the Municipal Historical and Documentation Center. Titled «Volos 1881-1955: The Place and the People,» the book maps out in detail the institutions and personalities who composed the heart of the city through the years of its incorporation into the modern Greek State and up to the destructive earthquake of the 1950s that marked the beginning of Volos’s architectural transformation. What is most striking about the book is the manner in which it focuses on individual people. Helped by rare photographic archival material, Volos as it was in the past is given texture and color with portraits of its pioneers and workers, its visionaries and those silent activists that supported the community. The book is the result of ongoing research by the center, which over the past few years has published a magazine titled En Volo (In Volos).