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« on: February 24, 2006 10:38:38 AM »

This one might need a little research, but, hey, we all have internet access: learn a bit about the history of your area (city, county, neighborhood, etc.) and create "tourist souvenirs" based on your discoveries. The more obscure, the better, particularly for suburban places where streets are named after people who may still have family living there, and which may not be as exciting as big cities but as you learn more about the history of the place, you get excited about where you live. The swap package would have the crafts and maybe a little background write-up of the historic people/events you're depicting in the "souvenirs."

For example, I know someone who lives in San Lorenzo, CA. It's near Oakland. Right now, it's a bunch of tract houses and strip malls, and initially not very exciting. But when you dig a little, you learn that the tiny town used to be citrus groves and farmland. People would take weekend vacations from San Francisco and Oakland to attend fairs and relax amongst the orchards. http://www.sanlorenzoexpress.com//history.htm

"Souvenir" ideas from this voyage into history would include, maybe, a crocheted set of fruit (symbolizing the former farmland), a T-shirt advertising an imaginary concert at the now-defunct "San Lorenzo Grove," postcards of the Roberts Estate, McConaghy Estate, Meek Estate and Heidi Farmhouse, a bath towel supposedly stolen from the "Willows Hotel,"  perhaps throw in a bit of recent history, like an embroidered tote bag with a picture of the crazy guy everybody knows who lives down the road and throws beer cans at the meter reader.

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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2006 11:00:41 AM »

I think this is a really neat idea....but I love local history sooo. I just don't know if I am crafty enough to actually implement the ideas I would have. I've never stenciled. Although, maybe I could design things on the computer and print things out on iron-on paper...hmmm?? I could make some neat pendants I think. I'll watch this posting and think about ideas. I live in Tampa, Florida and there is a ton of obscure history here and in the vicinity.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2006 11:03:38 AM »

sounds interesting.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2006 11:10:40 AM »

I just don't know if I am crafty enough to actually implement the ideas I would have. I've never stenciled. Although, maybe I could design things on the computer and print things out on iron-on paper...hmmm?? I could make some neat pendants I think.

Absolutely, it wouldn't necessarily have to be "faux mass-produced" souvenirs like T-shirts. I've seen plenty of handicrafts from locals at roadside tourist traps sold as souvenirs. I think the story and link to history behind the object would be the important part. If your specialty is, say, jewelry, you could make a piece of jewelry in the style worn by, or inspired by the life of, a historic figure you discovered in your research. Esoteric stuff is way kewl.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2006 01:21:25 PM »

This would be fun, my town used to be 3 towns and has melded into 1. The other pieces of history I know are about the restored vaudville/movie house and that most of the current B&Bs used to be cathouses. I'm not sure how I would turn that into craftyness, but it might be a fun challenge.
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2006 01:35:20 PM »

my city used to be an old railroad stop on the way to the gold mines. so it was mainly all saloons and whorehouses  Shocked
i wonder what kind of crafts that would lead to  Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2006 01:37:46 PM »

I think this is a brilliant swap idea!  If the date is March April, I'm in.

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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2006 01:56:32 PM »

This sounds like an awesome swap idea! I live in a place with a ton of local history (New Bedford-->Moby Dick, still a working port, huge center for textiles during the industrial revolution), but I'd love to really look to learn more about it.  I already have some ideas!
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2006 04:55:11 PM »

This sounds like a lot of fun
I am new here and I live in a small town in Mississippi
I already know alot of history about the town (DD had to do a school project about it)
But this would be great
How do I get in?
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2006 11:12:45 AM »

How do I get in?

Well, it's not a swap quite yet ... right now, I'm just collecting and looking at the feedback in this thread to see whether the idea is palatable, how it can be made better, parameters for the crafty requirements, etc.

And, if I were the one to organize it, I need to read up on how to do that.

So, if you guys have any ideas or additions or clarifications or ideas about the Local History Sleuth swap concept ... lemme know ... right here ... and we'll see where it goes.
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