You can find them on social media frequently, and now they have a name (or at least a hashtag) the #retrogram. Taking a photo that matches a historic photo. Here is one found on the Facebook Page of the Civil War Trust, of General Joseph Hooker below Lookout Mountain at the Battle of Chattanooga in 1863.
It’s fun, and it certainly places you in the moment. As you pose for the photo, you can imagine “What was going through the minds of those in the past who originally posed for this picture?” Would it be different than what is going through your mind? Keep your eye out for historic photos in a lot of the museum exhibits throughout the Heritage Area, then, see if you can recreate the same photo! Sites like the Wornall/Majors House Museums, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum or the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site would be great options for this activity, with their historic structure still original, it would serve as a great backdrop. Just make sure to check on the rules about photography inside historic houses before taking photos indoors.
Or, compare what some of our nature sites looked like in the past vs. today. Do you have any photos of some of our partner sites? Take a visit to the site today and compare how they look! What has changed? Share with us your #retrogram on social media!