Preserving History and the First Amendment

On August 14, 2017, I published a blog entitled, “History is yesterday, today, tomorrow….” In the blog, one of the things that I talked about was the idea that historical societies are interested in capturing life, even if it’s from today. Now that we’re at a very unusual point in time (pandemic, financial and employment…

More Ways that Photographers Can Give Back in 2020

Note: This blog was written before the Covid-19 pandemic, the financial downturn, spike in unemployment, and the death of George Floyd. My next blog will address my thoughts on all of this. Just about two years ago, I posted a blog that highlighted the work of two photographers, Jared Polin and Mike Tamborrino, who take…

Collecting Things

Two very recent events have caused me to think about what it means today to be a collector. The first is the sale of the 1968 Ford Mustang that Steve McQueen drove in the movie Bullitt. After the filming was completed, the studio sold off the car (little more than a prop to them) to a…

Your Kids Don’t Want Your Stuff

Once I started thinking about it, it was hard to stop. All the stuff you surround yourself with that’s necessary for a comfortable life reflects your choices and tastes, which may often not be the same as those of your children. We put so much value on the things we own (and the effort it…

Persistence Pays Off, But the Fight Continues

On August 2, 2017, I reported on the decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to give Dominion Energy the right to build electrical towers on the James River, in full view of the historic settlement of Jamestown. Despite there being laws requiring that there be an environmental impact statement prepared before construction begins, the…

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…