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Hometown History Photo Book

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You can consider yourself a local historian after visiting and researching some original landmarks in your city or town.
  • Reading Is Fundamental
  • Arts and Crafts
    • 9-12
    • teen
  • Minimal
  • Indoor
  • Play

MATERIALS: Camera, access to old photos and published materials, scrapbook.

If you live in an older town or district, you may be fascinated when you compare the way the town looked fifty or a hundred years ago with the way it looks now. Walk around the older parts of town with an older family member or an adult. Bring along a camera so you can photograph the present-day scene: a new housing development, a row of shops, traffic on the four-lane highway. Get your pictures developed, and place them into a photo album or scrapbook. Then, head over to the library or a local museum. Can you find old photographs or drawings of these same sites taken or drawn decades or even centuries ago? Perhaps youll come across an old picture postcard showing county fairgrounds where the mall now stands, or a small plaque in the park noting that here an important general once dispatched a message to his troops. Where ten-speeds and dirt bikes now ride, horsedrawn carriages may once have had the right of way! Beside each photo in your album, write a caption about what you found out about the local history of the place featured in your photo.

Hometown History Photo Book