Photo Essays

Community members are invited to submit a photo essay that details their "sense of place."

Gather several images that illustrate your sense of place, then write short captions that describe their meanings. Number the photos and captions so they correspond with each other. Bring these in digital form or printed to the One Story stations at the Pokagon Band, Dowagiac Area History Museum, Dowagiac District Library, and Southwestern Michigan College. Your contacts for using these stations are as follows:

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi | Kristie Bussler (269) 462-4222 or Kristie.Bussler@Pokagonband-nsn.gov
Dowagiac Area History Museum | Steve Arseneau (269) 783-2560 or sarseneau@dowagiac.org
Dowagiac District Library | Matt Weston (269) 782-3826 or mweston@dowagiacdl.org
Southwestern Michigan College | Scott Topping (269) 782 -1249 or stopping@swmich.edu

You may also email your photos and captions to any of the above contacts.

Below is one example of how your photo essay could look.

Autumn Laraway

I was born in the Midwest.  

I was born in the Midwest.
 

My father retired at Tyndall AFB.  

My father retired at Tyndall AFB.
 

Three years ago, I moved to Michigan.

Three years ago, I moved to Michigan.

But being a military brat kept me away for over 25 years.

But being a military brat kept me away for over 25 years.

So I spent most of my life in Florida.  

So I spent most of my life in Florida.
 

I felt peace while settling into my own home in Dowagiac.

I felt peace while settling into my own home in Dowagiac.

Moving from place to place was my “normal.”

Moving from place to place was my “normal.”

The thought of taking root in Panama City felt uneasy.

The thought of taking root in Panama City felt uneasy.

This is where my family is from and my soul feels content.

This is where my family is from and my soul feels content.