Historic Photo Assignment

Group Photo Assignment: by Amber, Hannah, and Noa


Above is a picture of the historic First Lutheran church. It is on the Northwest corner of Market Street and Blough Street.

This is what the church looks like now:Selinsgrove031

These are the pictures we took in front of the church on our adventure:


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We chose to take a trip to the church because Hannah lives in Selinsgrove, and she said that the church was easy to get to. We also thought that the historic picture of the church looked pretty cool, and seemed to be the most interesting out of the three pictures.

We had a pretty easy time finding the photo’s location, since Hannah does live in the area and was able to lead us there immediately. The only challenging aspect we came across was finding a good time that all three of us could meet up.

The Sharon Lutheran Church (originally called the First Lutheran Church) was built in the 1800s. The original building remained untouched until 1977, when “the Nave (which is the central approach to the high altar) on the original site was demolished. The new Nave was enlarged and the pulpit shifted to the north side.”  Since then, renovations have continued over time “to enhance its social and work spaces while also making it accessible to the handicapped.” This year, it is celebrating its 225th anniversary.
(All information gathered from http://sharonlc.org/who-we-are/history)

Obviously, a lot has changed in both the church and the society since the 1800s. However, the biggest change to this church has absolutely affected the community, the proof in the above paragraph. Because the church is now handicapped accessible, the doors are now opened for a whole new group of people to worship. This creates a greater sense of community and helps show just how much a simple change can help a whole society.

Historical Photos



We started this project like every group we met up, exchanged numbers and then went to our the destination. However I think the one thing we did differently is actually finding the right place. As you may notice we have two pictures and the explanation on why that is rather simple. We got lost. At first we were gonna go to the building on chestnut street because it was the closest and we ended up near people’s homes. We then decided to try somewhere else and yet again we were not sure we found the right place but as a group we decided this looks like the building. Then we saw another building on Chestnut St. that looked like it could’ve been the place we were originally looking for. Therefore we took another picture just in case. We then walked back to SU and went our separate ways

The first picture of the brick building looked old and abandoned and I’m sure it didn’t always looked liked that. At one point in this building’s life it was full of people but now it empty with broken windows and ivy growing everywhere. However the building looks like it could easily be restored. The second picture was taken in front of what looked like a fairly modern building. Probably redone because of it’s location. Which is probably why the brick building from the first photo was never restored its location wasn’t in a place and didn’t required it to be used or even be kept clean. However we’ll never truly know why these two buildings are treated so differently. We are after all just college students.

Historical Photo: Governor Snyder Monument

Group: Ben, Shannon, Jailene

Original Link

Photo Assignment

The location we chose for our historical photo was the Governor Snyder Monument in the Old Lutheran Cemetery. According to a post by Selinsgrove Projects on the Selinsgrove website, “Simon Snyder lived in the Susquehanna River Valley in the early nineteenth century. In 1816, he moved to Market Street having no formal education nor political family connections. But through his own efforts, he was able to rise to the position of Governor, serving from 1808 to 1817. In 1881, the Pennsylvanian government put aside $3,000 for a monument in his honor, commemorating his efforts to strengthen education and provide free public schooling for children. In 1885, the monument was built and placed over his grave in in the Old Lutheran Cemetery, just off his home on Market Street” (Selinsgrove.net).

His monument resides in what is currently known as the Sharon Lutheran Cemetery. The reason we chose this location was because out of the others, it was easiest to make out. Over the years, the local area has changed quite a bit, and a significant amount of the current buildings weren’t here back in the early 1800s. In fact, one of our other photos was of Market Street back when t was still an unpaved dirt road. I think the idea of this location being in a cemetery also made it a little bit more worth while (since it is a grave yard with dead bodies). While many of the grave markers are worn down now, Snyder’s monument is still standing tall, and hopefully it will remain that way for many years to come, commemorating such an influential and important man in the history of Selinsgrove.


“Governor Snyder.” Selinsgrove. Selinsgrove Projects, 2013. Web. 30 Nov. 2015. <http://selinsgrove.net/governor-snyder/>.

Hotel Sterner

Group members: Cesca, Madison, and Brett

Hotel Sterner:


What it looks like today (due to the file limit, the picture is blurry):

(From left to right: Brett, Cesca, Madison)


Out of the three places our group was given, we decided to use Hotel Sterner. At first, I had a hard time figuring out where it was, before I realized the building is now completely different. I knew what street it was, and we had to use the image we were given to figure out which building was the correct one. The reason why we chose Hotel Sterner is because I was sure about its location; I had eaten at the restaurant it now is. What was once the Hotel Sterner is now BJ’s Steak & Rib House. When my grandparents came to visit around the beginning of the semester, they took me there for dinner. There was nothing really exciting about our walk to the location. Madison’s friend took the picture for us since she tagged along.

The building itself hasn’t really changed since the year the image we were given was taken: 1937. The only big difference I can see is the color of the building. I don’t think Hotel Sterner was dark blue in 1937. When I ate there with my grandparents, I had no idea that the building used to be a hotel. After some quick research, I found out that the building used to be the Keystone Hotel, and Hotel Sterner became BJ’s in 1991.

historical photo part two


(Ryan, Bradyn, Kat absent from photo)

Historic Photo Link


Our historical location to find was the intersection of Pine and Market Street. We began our search for this location at the gym. From there we walked towards Market Street. The walk took us roughly 5 minutes to get there. Once we reached Market Street we paced up and down the street until we found the spot where pine intersects market. After discovering the location we took a selfie and journeyed back to campus.

The location now compared to the historical photo is quite different. In the historical photo the road appears to be dirt and gravel and not all the buildings look the same. The location has become much more modern. The modernization is quite good for the community. It definitely has made transportation easier and increased the towns economy. We pick this location because we wanted to see how things downtown have changed over the years and we also wanted to see downtown.

The adventure was actually quite fun! During our trip we were able to bond a bit and enjoy the nice weather. The adventure also gave us a reason to get off campus and explore the surround area. For some of us, it was the first time actually seeing down town Selinsgrove. All in all, our adventure to the Pine and Market Street intersection was very enjoyable.