Ben, Kristen and Melanie



While our photo is clearly more spirited than the original, it is clear that Governor Snyder’s monument in Selinsgrove hasn’t changed much. The monument is in honour of Governor Simon Snyder, a man for whom Snyder County is named for. He was not born to a rich family, but came to serve as Governor for 3 terms from 1808-1817. His original home on Market Street is now host to Selinsgrove Brewing Pub. The spot was little tricky to find, and also sort of isolated. We, of course, had not come prepared with a selfie stick, and had to chase down the only person we saw in the deserted quad.

We chose this monument because of how much it represents the local community. Clearly, not much if at all has changed in these last couple decades since the monument was erected. Even the fact that Governor Snyder’s house is still standing but has simply evolved into a different use is telling of this town. Perhaps this is because the residents of Selinsgrove feel little need to change. They are content with their town. It is not the fast paced environment of a large city, where change is required to keep up with the latest and greatest. Here, change is not necessary, and that is reflected in the town.

Carissa, Jordan, and Isayah

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To be completely honest, the three of selected this photo because we knew where the Railroad Station it was! We also liked this location because we enjoyed the walk along the railroad tracks. The original photo represents the rebuilding of the railroad station after it burned down in 1881. Compared to ours, the photo could represent the change that is necessary over time to keep something up and running. We did our best to recreate the original to try and show the amount of history that is still held in this location today.

Going to the train tracks in town was an adventure itself. I wouldn’t say there were many obstacles or anything super difficult we had to overcome but there were some aspects that made it somewhat of a challenge. Firstly it was very cold and windy outside so the weather personally did not motivate me to go outside. After overcoming the harsh winds we stepped on a lot of those ginkgo berries between Fisher and the sports complex. With every soft pop under our feet, the berries released a repulsive odor. However, when we look past all of these negative factors, we realized the trip itself was a small, enjoyable adventure we could all reflect on. We got to explore a little bit of the town while looking for the train tracks. Also, being somewhat lost brought us together and I now know my two of my classmates a lot more than I did before. Overall, I think we can all agree that this assignment was interesting and it represented a small, worth wild adventure in only a couple hours.

When the original picture was taken in 1881, the station was right next to a corn field. Now, there is not a farm visible from the station, but bunches of houses. Additionally, due to renovations, the building is much more modernized… There is even a grill on the back porch! This change shows that Selinsgrove has become more developed over the century and will probably continue to become more so as the college town grows in population. For the surrounding community, this probably was a gradual change. Therefore, probably not shocking in any way. However, the development of houses probably led to a better costumer base for local businesses. But, without the farm people might have had to travel a little farther to get local produce than they would have with it right next to the station.

A link to the original picture:


Part 2: Jason, Matt, and Mikayla

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Matt, Mikayla, and I chose this picture because it was the first location on our list. A comparison of these two photos shows how much the church has changed after it’s creation in 1885, and it’s refurbishing in 1971. Although the current structure of the church maintains much of the same design as the original, there are many noticeable differences. Such differences include the church’s steeple and the lack of surrounding tress. Over time, places often change in their physical appearance, but the meaning behind the place usually stays the same to the members of the community.  One one the biggest challenges we faced during our adventure, was trying to take a decent picture at night (hence  the awkward photo).

Group Adventure


Veneranda, Hayli, Rashien and I walked to the Selinsgrove Methodist Episcopal Church. I honestly do not know why we choose this historical mark, but we did. It was not a bad walk, we took University Avenue to Market Street. Once we arrived at the church we did not know how to take the picture with the whole church so we walked across the street into a parking lot to take it. That is why we have such an awkward angled picture. But, supposedly this building has been up since 1908, so this building really shows how old the town is. Methodists severs were there until 1966. After that is was used as a Senior Center for the elders and it is still for that use today.   How the building looked back in the day.



Gaby, Zaida and Alex


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Alex, Zaida and I picked this photo because it was honestly the closest one to school. This photo represents how not much in the actual town of Selinsgrove has changed that much, as this building was built in 1875, and still looks the same. The most challenging aspect that we faced was trying to find the actual building as many of the buildings in Selinsgrove look very similar to each other. We also were not sure where we were going so we were essentially just wondering around until we found where we were suppose to be. The changes over time were that the building use to be The George Eby Building, which was a building owned by George Eby and his family, whereas now it is just a salon, so it has changed in that aspect.