SUNBURY - A new book will give readers a glimpse into the past and present of Sunbury, while supporting the efforts of those preserving county history.

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's popular "Images of America" series will feature Sunbury. It will be released Monday.

Written by Dr. Margaret Murray Thorell, with a foreword by Mayor David Persing, the 128-page soft-cover book uses vintage images and anecdotal captions to share the history of the community.

"Having spent many years in the area with my family, I know firsthand what a wonderful community Sunbury and its surrounding communities are," Thorell writes.

With close to 200 images, the book features shots of the city's architectural icons such as the Northumberland County Prison, the Edison Hotel and the Masonic Temple, along with scenes from Fort Augusta and the early days of Sunbury.

Pictures were collected from the author's personal archives, the Northumberland County Historical Society, the Pennsylvania State Archives, Persing's office and Sunbury Community Hospital.

A portion of the book's profits will be donated to the Northumberland County Historical Society.

"Images of America: Sunbury" costs $21.99 and will be available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing by calling (888) 313-2665, or visiting their web site at