Assignment 13: Hometown History

In the past two years I have asked you to show me your hometown.  This year I waited until May in hopes of warmer weather.  As I walked through the history of Seneca Falls and then photographed a monument to Christopher Columbus in the City of Syracuse a couple of days later, I thought everywhere there is history to be discovered.

This got me to thinking of changing the hometown assignment up this time. So, this month’s assignment will be about Hometown History. Specifically, Your Hometown as in year’s past. Whether your hometown has centuries of history or less than a hundred years, you can find places, people, things and stories about its past.

Columbus Monument statue in front of the Onondaga County Court House at Columbus Circle in Syracuse, New York.

Columbus Monument statue in front of the Onondaga County Court House at Columbus Circle in Syracuse, New York. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 10s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 92mm focal length, tripod.

As in the other assignments, do not send me your photos. What I would like you to do is post them on your blog, flickr or other photo sharing site, personal website or any other place on the Internet where you can place a link to it here by making a comment to this blog entry. Then we can visit those sites and enjoy everyone’s Hometown History.

Please, have your photos posted on or before Midnight (your time), Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Don’t have a place to post? Might be a good time to start up a blog or join a photo community like flickr.  As I have done for all the Assignments, I’ll put together a recap with my comments.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will be happy to answer them. By the way, I would really appreciate it if you would help spread the word about this assignment so we can get lots of people to participate. Blog it, tweet it, email it and talk about it to your fellow photographers, bloggers, friends, family and pets. Thank you

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52 Responses to Assignment 13: Hometown History

  1. Another assignment I’ll have to skip… going to be impossible to take pictures of my hometown.


  2. Simone says:

    Hmm. the auld hometown is a few thousand kilometres away, so I’ll have to skip! Unless I can use old shots? But that would defeat the purpose, wouldn’t it. Oh well 🙂


  3. JenniferA says:

    Thank you Scott for not giving this assignment in March like last year!


  4. Robin says:

    Hmmm… the town I live in isn’t exactly a town (more like a crossroads), but I might be able to do something interesting. And if not, I’ll head over to Akron or Cleveland and see what I can do there.

    It’s a good challenge, Scott. 🙂


  5. Gerry says:

    Holy Wah! OK, I will accept two challenges. As requested, I will show you something about northern Michigan’s past, although I will warn you that here, as in Faulkner’s Mississippi, the past is never dead. It isn’t even past.

    Per my self-imposed challenge, I will sneak up on you with a story that even the most history-averse among your readers will be unable to resist. Stealth history.


  6. Nye says:

    This sounds interesting, I might have to do a little research.


  7. Giiid says:

    I´ll go and find some interesting spots in Copenhagen, that´ll be fun, – and surely interesting to see the photos connected to this assignment, not to talk about Gerry´s stealth history! Can´t wait to read it!


  8. Denise says:

    Hi, stumbled across this from another photo blog that I follow, I think I might give it a try. I live in Ireland, but moved to a tiny town last year so it’ll be interesting to learn about my new town!



  9. Karma says:

    I will do my best to find some shots that I didn’t use last year in the March assignment!


  10. I have already posted quite a few pictures of my present hometown, so I may drive to my “real” home town, much smaller, but quite interesting too. That’s a good challenge, thank you, Scott.


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  12. Kathy says:

    OK, since I was just in my hometown–my “real” hometown in downstate Michigan, there just might be something usable in the current batch of photos. Will go a lookin’. Thank you kindly!


    • Everyone seems determined to want to use the hometown they grew up in. What I meant was the town you CURRENTLY are living in or nearby city/town/village of interest. However, I am not against traveling to your original place of origin if you can. 🙂


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  14. Kathy says:

    Scott, I just completed my assignment–wanted to get it in before the Rapture.

    Thanks again for the fun!


  15. I came across your blog via Kathy who shared it on FB. I thought I would jump in and share some photos I took last Saturday in the old part of my hometown:

    thanks for the challenge! I enjoyed taking these photos, and enjoyed sharing them too! Look forward to seeing the links to other hometowns!



  16. Dawn says:

    Short time left for this assignment…that’s what I get for not keeping up! 🙂 But I live in a tiny little place…post office, party store, fire department. That’s about it. I know it has history though…so will find some..if it stops raining long enough for me to get out and get the shot!


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  18. Tracy says:

    Hi Scott,
    I found your challange via Kathy’s blog. I’m not much of a photographer. Just a point and click. But I thought this would be fun! Thanks for the “homework assignment”! I enjoyed it!!


  19. Dawn says:

    Here’s my home town history assignment results.

    This was fun and got me out to visit a place I hadn’t been to before, and to meet the owner! Thanks for pushing me beyond my normal routine!


  20. Elisa's Spot says:

    Hi Scott! I was busy thinking and posting a comment on Kathy’s blog and ended up doing the assignment and posting my own blog about it. Anyone may view it here: Hometown History Photography Assignment


  21. Bruce Laidlaw says:

    I consider Ann Arbor, Michigan to be my hometown. I have lived in Ann Arbor for the past 52 years. The assignment brought to mind a bit of history I witnessed when I was a sophomore at the University of Michigan. I gathered with thousands of others to see the handsome young presidential candidate who was to appear on the Michigan Union steps at 11:00 at night. When JFK came out the front door at 2 in the morning. The crowd surged forward and I don’t know if I heard his plans for the Peace Corps. My main concern was breathing. I had been pushed against a pole and the air was squeezed out of my lungs.


  22. solitaryspinster says:

    I found you through Kathy at Upwoods. Here is my assignment.


  23. Hello Scott ! Here is my contribution to your present assignment.
    Thanks for another interesting theme.


  24. Denise says:

    You can find my assignment here:


  25. mylifeincny says:

    Hi Scott-

    Here’s my rendition of the history of Ithaca, NY.



  26. You are all doing wonderful posts!

    Here is mine about the The Syracuse and Baldwinsville Railroad which operated in my hometown in the late 1880’s.


  27. truels says:

    Hello Scott! Thanks for this challenge, I have not been photographing around my home and hometown for a long time – before now! Here is my contribution:


  28. Gerry says:

    Curses! A minute late! It’s the Cowboy’s fault–but you knew that, didn’t you.


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