I was introduced to the small Indiana town of Crown Point last May. I was instantly drawn to the 1873 Italianate/Second Empire historic Lake County courthouse at the centre of the downtown. So I knew I had to include this beautiful building in this year’s project. Sadly with all the parking around the square, it was hard to find a good angle, so this is the one I ended up settling on. Of course, as soon as I started setting up the camera, I soon found plenty of locals watching me closing, a young man with an Ontario-plated car in a small town in Indiana;Read More →

Many things can be used to describe the Shawnee leader Tecumseh. Hero, Legend, Warrior, Hunter. Like many who fought in the war, Tecumseh’s name only became larger after his death, following in the line of those like Perry, Harrison, Brock, and Secord. But the war was in Tecumseh’s blood, despite him wanting nothing more than peace. Born in the latter half of the 1760s in the Ohio Valley, he was born into conflict. His true name, Tecumethe, meaning shooting star, was given to him as he was born under such an astrological sign. However, history has named him Tecumseh. The Shawnee had been forced toRead More →

Here’s the deal, the battle of Tippecanoe wasn’t actually a part of the Anglo-American War of 1812. But I have decided to include it because it was really a prelude to the conflict. Think of it like a prequel setting the stage for William Henry Harrison’s campaign of 1813 and the key to Brock’s capture of Fort Detroit with the required assistance of Tecumseh in 1812. Tippecanoe, like the war of 1812 was a culmination of violence between the Native population and the American government, and the idea of American Manifest Destiny. The Tippecanoe Battlefield monument stands on the battle ground still today. Engraved areRead More →

Street photography on the beach. Back in July, I had a good hour to kill (that’ll teach me to cross into another timezone without compensating my departure time). So I took the chance to check out the National Lakeshore, the Indiana National Dunes State Park, and one of the beaches. As it was a hot day, plenty of people were out and about. However, this man I found this the most interesting. He was sitting rather far away from the general crowds, happy to read. He did notice the crazy photographer (that’s me) with the odd camera (Rolleiflex) and kept staring at me, probably hopingRead More →

City Methodist, a grand old church brought low by the slow march of time. Opened in 1925, four one million dollars, most of that being fund-raised by Reverend William Seaman, and US Steel footing some of the bills. Constructed in the English Gothic style, the sanctuary alone stands nine stories tall and could house 950 people. But the church was more than just the sanctuary. The whole complex had a school and theatre for traditional plays and films. It also had space for storefronts. At its peak, there were 3,000 members on the church roll. But when the steel industry crashed…the people moved away fromRead More →