Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

“Night at the Museum” brings history to life & memories, too, Part II » Night at the Museum, #22 in schoolhouse in period dress

Checking out the one-room Pleasant Valley School.

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2 Responses to “Night at the Museum, #22 in schoolhouse in period dress”

  1. Ryan Says:

    I like your photos. I do get ideas on yours for people photos of which I do not shoot nearly enough. I used to hunt in a grove that had a sharpening wheel like that. It’s long gone now, but at the time I should have asked to buy it. The answer would have probably been if you can get it out of here yourself, it’s yours 😉

    BTW, not everyone agrees with you on computers and writing. I happened across this the other day and remembered it when I read your post. http://mentalfloss.com/article/80104/19-authors-and-their-typewriters. It’s funny to me that some modern writers used manual typewriters. I guess that works if you are established. The person aspiring to be an author today better use Word and format it just the way they want it. But when you’re Danielle Steele you can drop off a pile of paper and the publisher get to deal with making it electronic.

    I once saw something akin to that at University. I was a workstudy to the admin assistant to the dean of accounting. A very gifted accounting student had some part of a capstone project or thesis due. Brought it it late, on legal pad and in pencil. It was accepted. I’m guessing the final copy had to be typed, but it surprised me. This would have been in 1988 when computers were the well established and preferred method for papers. The student was an older brother of a classmate of mine so I knew him so it made it all the more entertaining to me.

    • Ryan, I appreciate your thoughtful comment. Taking pix of people perhaps comes easier for me because of my journalism background. But now days one needs to be more careful than ever when photographing people. At an event like Night at the Museum, though, the very fact that it is a public event in a public space means I’m free to take whatever pix I want. That said, I usually ask parents for permission to photograph their young (er) children. I’m surprised at how few ask for my identity, although I often hand them a business card.

      To each his own when it comes to writing. For me, the computer works best.


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