Athenaeum Press hosts “The Wealth of Nothing” Book Launch

Friday March 27th/3-5pm/Free to public but reservations are required contact monied@coastal.edu/ William Van Auken Greene was born in 1866 in Minnesota, traveled to West Virginia and eventually settled in Aynor. His photographs of school classes, family gatherings, tobacco harvesting and other local events offer an irreplaceable record of the life of a rural community in a specific place and time. Thirty years after Greene’s death in 1952, more than 2,000 of his negatives were rescued and donated to the Horry County Museum. The release celebration will feature a brief talk on the history of William Van Auken Greene and the Aynor community by CCU history professor Eldred “Wink” Prince Jr., who wrote the book’s introduction. Horry County Museum director Walter Hill will speak about the importance of the Greene collection to the museum. Coastal Carolina University students who researched, designed, photographed and edited the project will also speak about their experiences with this innovative publishing process. The project is the latest release from The Athenaeum Press of Coastal Carolina University, a university publishing lab now in its third year.