Geneseo’s business community is the focus of local historian Steve Kastorff’s new book.

Geneseo’s business community is the focus of local historian Steve Kastorff’s new book.

Kastorff, who writes the regular “Leafing Through History” columns in the Geneseo Republic recently released “Pursuit of Prosperity: Geneseo Businesses Past and Present.”

The 400-page book features hundreds of historic photos of local businesses as well as “today” photos of locations featured.

The book is the result of nearly two years of work as Kastorff spent time tracking down photos and stories.

“Once people would find out I was working on the book, they’d share stories. The book kept growing and growing,” said Kastorff.

Since its publication, Kastorff said he’s heard from readers saying his book brought back memories of past businesses and locations in the community.

“It’s nice to hear, ‘Oh, I remember that,’” he said.

“Pursuit of Prosperity: Geneseo Businesses Past and Present” is Kastorff’s second book. He published “Leafing Through History” in 2015.

His new book is available to purchase at C&S Antique Mall, in Geneseo.