This month's photowalk for the Cream City Photographers took us to Old World Wisconsin. It was my first time there.
The museum's more than 60 historic structures range from ethnic farmsteads with furnished houses and rural outbuildings, to a crossroads village with its traditional small-town institutions. The efforts of countless historians have preserved an amazing slice of true Americana — one that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Historic Structures Documented
To create this museum, researchers traveled throughout Wisconsin in search of authentic historic buildings hewn by generations of Wisconsin settlers.
From Lake Superior to the Illinois border, and from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan, historians documented many old farmhouses, outbuildings, and small-town structures. Once the research was complete, the amazing construction process of Old World Wisconsin began.
Structures Relocated to Build Old World Wisconsin
Piece by piece, workers painstakingly dismantled the old structures. They numbered bricks, boards and logs, and moved them to the site of Old World Wisconsin. In a setting largely unchanged from the rolling prairies the first pioneers found, the buildings took shape once more, reconstructed precisely as they had once been built.
World's Largest Museum about Rural Life
Today, Old World Wisconsin's historic farm and village buildings comprise the world's largest museum dedicated to the history of rural life.
The emergence of digital photography sparked the passion I feel for the medium today. It combines my curiosity with technology as well as my love of photography. I have always been drawn to capturing textures and patterns, whether natural or man made and the interplay with light that provides an emotional response. I also am deeply committed to protecting the planet, of which I have made a career. I am in constant awe of nature’s simple beauty and it is my hope that my photography will motivate people to do their part to preserve the planet for future generations.
Having been raised in a metropolitan environment, New York City, I am also drawn to urban landscapes with emphasis on photo essays to tell my story, especially in the context of black and white. I believe that while photography is seen with the eyes, it evokes all of the senses.