Can Rust Be Beautiful?

If you’ve read a few of my previous blogs, you know that I’m not a fan of “decay on display.” To me, these types of sites represent a lost opportunity, a failure to do something to save a structure before it was too late. The reason why I’m writing this blog about the Steel Stacks,…

Wisconsin makes the news today…twice!

Milwaukee has to make a decision: listen to the professional consultants who say to take down the Domes and demolish history, or listen to the preservationists and citizenry who want to find the money to save these treasures of the city?

One Mind — Two Mediums

While my own expertise is in still photography, I have come to know someone with a similar passion for supporting local history education who works primarily in video format. Mickey Franz’s YouTube channel is worth watching, especially if you live in, or plan to travel to, the tri-state area of NY, NJ, and PA. The…

Using Your Head … and Your Heart

Why is Mount Vernon so well funded? An obvious reason is that it’s the home of our first president, and therefore commands a certain amount of respect and a special place in our American history. What you may not be aware of is that Mount Vernon receives absolutely no government funding and relies entirely on…

A Worthwhile Organization Whose Priorities are Misguided

Since this is my blog, you already understand that what I say here is just my opinion. Quite some time ago, I applauded the work of the Civil War Trust in coming to the aid of Princeton Battlefield and its fight to save 15 acres of land from the developer’s shovel. With money from a very…

So I’ve Noticed…

Now that I live in Pennsylvania, I’ve observed that the houses and barns in this area built in the 18th and 19th centuries are still being used as primary residences and workspaces. That means that the types of structures I have become accustomed to photographing in Wisconsin are not available to shoot in this area….

An Overdue Update

Pardon my tardiness…I haven’t posted a new blog since February, primarily because my wife and I moved from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania. Now that we’ve basically completed that relocation (and the cartons are mostly unpacked), I find myself thinking about all the wonderful people I had the privilege of working with back in the greater Ozaukee…

Is Our Money Being Spent Wisely?

There are three federally funded programs that are involved in capturing and preserving information about old and historic structures. The oldest of these programs is the Historic American Buildings Survey, or HABS, under the auspices of the National Park Service. Back in 1933, when the US was deep into an economic depression that began in…

Time to Celebrate Unsung Heroes

Jared Polin and Mike Tamborrino are two of the many photographers who gladly give their time and efforts practicing photography for the public good. Check out Jared’s latest YouTube video, where he shot stills and video for a Special Olympics event pro bono. His video, I hope, will go far in convincing other photographers that…

A Catalog Company & So Much More

Recently, I came upon an old online newsletter published by the North Manchester Historical Society, Inc., dating back to February, 1997. In it is the story of Jas. Townsend and Sons, Inc., probably the largest and most complete source for reproductions of clothing and implements used in colonial America in the 18th century. This is…