Pipestone National Monument, Minnesota

In September 2019 I traveled out to southwestern Minnesota to visit Pipestone National Monument. This unit of the National Park System was created in 1937 in large part to preserve the pipestone (Sioux argillite, also known as catlinite) which American Indians have quarried here for at least two millennia. It is a sacred site for …

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Holland, Michigan

In May 2019 I had the chance to attend the Michigan Historic Preservation Network‘s annual conference. The conference was held in the historic city of Holland, MI, and I was hooked. It is a beautiful small city, with a fantastic historic district. I brought my 4×5 camera with me, and was able to take some …

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Seven to Save Photography: Wells Barns

Continuing my series of posts on the HABS/HAER photography that I did on a volunteer basis on behalf of the Preservation League of New York State. The second round of Seven to Save photographs that I did in 2018 included a category: Wells Barns. This was a fascinating experience, and gave me access to barns …

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Seven to Save Photography: Gould Memorial Library

I have worked with the Preservation League of New York State on a volunteer basis since 2016, providing HABS/HAER photography for their Seven to Save program. Through this program the League identifies the state’s most important and threatened historic resources. Every two years the League selects seven threatened properties or groups of properties. Over the …

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Erie Canal Museum Exhibit, Syracuse, 2019

I have had a long-standing relationship with the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY. In 2007, I conducted HABS/HAER photography of hydroelectric facilities and dam at canal facilities throughout New York State. The purpose of this volunteer effort was to form the backbone of a major exhibit that opened at the Museum in 2008. In …

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Hydroelectric HABS/HAER Photography-Part 3

In 2011 I had the opportunity to photograph the hydroelectric powerhouse at Proctor, Vermont. This station was built in 1904 as the source of power for the Vermont Marble mill in Proctor. The original generating equipment remained in use, but the new owners of the plant, the Central Vermont Public Service, planned to upgrade the …

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Hydroelectric HABS/HAER Photography-Part 2

Saccarappa Hydroelectric Project, Maine In late 2015, I collaborated with my colleagues at Sutherland Conservation and Consulting¬†on the documentation of a historic hydroelectric station in Westbrook, ME. This hydroelectric project was built on the Presumpscot River in downtown Westbrook in 1907. It was built by the S.D. Warren Company, which made paper from pulp. As …

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