Municipal Center for History possesses today a rich archive
that consists of the Volos Municipality archive (1883-1982),
46 private archives concerning directly or indirectly the
city and its greater area, archives of old industrial enterprises,
as well as important material of building plans, maps, aerial
photos, transparencies and photos.
library of Volos's Municipal Center for History and Documentation
started operating in 1992, its aim being the collection,
administration, utilization and promotion of any kind or
form of printed documents.
Dedicated to the sea is the third issue
of "en Volo". This is not only part of an effort
to prolong the summer ambience of relaxation and carelessness,
but also aims at evincing the role of the maritime element
in the multi-aspect development of Volos and its environs.
Extended references to the renowned
beaches of eastern Pelion aside, and to the lesser known
beaches of the western Pagasetic gulf, this issue aims to
examine, on the surface and at times with more detail, the
relationship between Magnesia and the sea.
Starting with Volos harbor, the underlying force behind
the formation and development of the town, and after addressing
its history, physiognomy, and future prospects, our tribute
goes on to address specific professions as well as infrastructure
(the sponge industry, shipyards, lighthouses), before continuing
with another great chapter, that of arts and the sea, in
which photography has a profound place - worthy of special
mention is the work of Stephanos Stournaras and Mixalis
Pornalis, as well as the work of the seascape painters of
the area-. The tribute concludes with references to the
glorious water sports history of the area and to the memories
of those who insist on earlier lifestyles, as those were
offered by our town.
The maritime element, an indispensable part of our history,
finds in the pages of our magazine the position it so rightly
deserves. The reader will find, in our report, aspects that
will affect him emotionally, and interest him professionally
and socially. The sea was, is, and will always be, for our
town, its great horizon of action, entertainment and vision.
Skimming through the pages of our reports will waken memories,
account for events, and validate efforts, all while requesting
of the present resident to treat them with the sensitivity
due. Geographically, the town of Volos means harbor; it
means the sea itself. Our tribute serves and manifests this