“New England: Then & Now”
TMS English teacher, Derek Strahan, recently published his second book titled “New England Then and Now®.” The book features vintage photos from 100 years ago are paired with the same viewpoint photographed today. Each point of interest includes historical information and how many classic locations have been preserved over the years.
Strahan shares, “The different then and now scenes on Lost New England represent a wide variety of change – or lack thereof – over the past century or more. In some places, the original scene is completely gone today; in other places, it seems as though the only change is the color of the photograph. Some scenes show the positive effects of urban renewal in a previously blighted area; others serve as a powerful reminder of the need for historic preservation.”
Even as a child growing up in Munson, Connecticut, Strahan was intrigued by old photographs and their history. He shares that as a child, the books he checked out most from the library would be those related to the town’s history. Today, Strahan is able to blend his love for history, photographs, and writing to tell the story of the contrast between two photos, the background explanation that really allows a scene to be appreciated in its historical context.
Strahan also enjoys bringing his experience to the classroom with his students. Teaching them about quality writing is a critical skill. “Sometimes ‘less is more’ and longer doesn’t necessarily mean better,” Strahan shares when talking through his most recent book and how he illustrates that in the classroom. Students learn the method of writing Strahan uses in his books—eliminating unnecessary fluff, while remaining detailed but concise.
Derek is a sought after historical author and is currently in talks with his publisher about writing a third book.
Both of Strahan’s books (Lost Springfield Massachusetts & New England Then and Now) can be purchased through his website lostnewengland.com or on Amazon.
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