Thursday, on Shades Of The Departed, will be dedicated to many things,
and nothing in particular.
In this week's edition of Twice Told Tuesday, Shades reprinted an article about a project commenced by the Dundee Photographic Society to carry out a comprehensive photographic survey of that Scottish city. The purpose was to illustrate life in the city in 1903, a permanent record for generations to come. It was a time consuming and expensive project for the time.
Looking around at my small town, Preston, Washington, I realized there is no photographic survey illustrating life here to leave a permanent record for generations to come. What a terrible shame that is, with digital cameras and blogs the cost to recreate such a project today is made up of time and sweat equity, very little money.
We take our daily lives for granted. Nothing really happens, we think, so who would be interested? Will the generations that follow want to know what Preston, Washington's, or Anyplace, USA's, daily life looked like? I believe they will.
Just as we search for a glimpse of our ancestor's daily lives, a hundred years from now someone, someplace, will search for ours. Here in Preston, Washington, we are leaving a terrible void and I would like to change that.
If you live in a large city, taking on a photographic survey of the entire city would require many hands and many cameras, but you could certainly document your community within that city.
What would your photographic survey contain? I have gotten a map of Preston and am marking the areas of daily community life. I intend to start that photographic survey, today - here. I will include buildings, churches, businesses, signs, street scenes, anything that will illustrate daily life in the Preston of 2008. I will continually add to that survey. Generations to come will have an accurate photographic history of my little corner of the world.
of your community's daily life for posterity,
for generations to come.
Preston is located in a bowl with hills on all sides and the Raging River running along the valley floor. While alternately referred to as the "Ranging Trickle," the river has more than earned its "Raging" title. The town was established around the Preston Mill, owned by a Swedish immigrant named August Lovegren.
On the street where I live is Preston's Vasa Hall. Vasa Hall is a Swedish social gathering place and home of our local Swedish Meatball Feast. Parking is at a premium on my street on Feast Day. People come from miles around to sample the Swedish meatballs.
Down the road, over the Raging River, and through the woods is the Preston Baptist Church. The church was established in 1900 on land donated by August Lovegren. Lovegren envisioned a model community guided by Baptist principles.
Part of the King County Parks system, the Preston Community Center is a historic log building, surrounded by a small park. The Center is home to the Preston Community Club which is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rural atmosphere of our small town.
The Historic Preston Cemetery is located at Latitude: 47.525N Longitude: -121.929W. A transcription of the cemetery has been completed, but it is in need of a photographic survey. Thanks to Terry Thornton's Friday From The Collectors article, A Monumental Task, I will undertake this survey (Once it stops raining - rain is a way of life here in Preston. Washington state is known for its hundred shades of green, that require a hundred shades of gray).
So, tell me, are you up to the task? Is there a Photographic Survey of your hometown in your future?
If you do commence such a survey, please contact me so that I can list all the surveys in progress for future generations.