KNOWING YOUR HISTORY
PLACE, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND POETRY
WRITE OUT INSPIRATION ~ #WRITEOUT
When we learn history in school, we often learn about the big events, events that shaped our country, events such as wars or depressions. Often what is left out is the history that happened in your own backyard. Knowing your local history is just as important as knowing the "big stuff." Local histories shape who you are and how you see the world. Local histories connect a community's past, present, and future. This inspiration uses photography and words to connect you to your place.
STEP ONE ~ PICTURES OF THE PAST
Find pictures of your town from the past. Visit your local:
- Historical Society
A great place to find pictures of your community that are in the public domain is through Wikimedia.
Pick out a few favorites.
(Pictured - Mount Zion Baptist Church 1921)
STEP THREE ~ COMPARE AND CONTRAST
If you are a technology wizard you can combine these two photos into one. If you are not a technology wizard:
- Look at the two photos (old and current) side by side
- What do you see? What do you think? What do you notice? What do you know?
- How are these two pictures alike? How are they different?
- Write your thoughts in a writer's notebook, journal, or on a piece of paper
- Try Juxtapose Lab to overlay your pictures