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Match Me If You Can: Lake Michigan & Huron

2012 October 31

In Chicago? Catch Documerica Returns! On display through November 4 at Chicago’s Green Exchange. For the next two weeks, enjoy highlighted scenes of our past from the Great Lakes Region, take on the challenge if you live nearby.

Photos taken from the same vantage point now, could earn you a spot at the 2013 National Archives Exhibit in D.C. Check out the competition.

Not from there? Find photos near you with the simple steps below. Entries recieved by December 31, 2012 through State of the Environment on Flickr will be in the running. Please include a link to the Documerica image(s) you matched.

DOCUMERICA: Dow Chemical Plant on far side of Lake Michigan, 03/1973. By Paul Sequeira.

DOCUMERICA: Dow Chemical Plant on far side of Lake Michigan, 03/1973. By Paul Sequeira.

DOCUMERICA: Calumet Park (far south side) on Lake Michigan Commonwealth Edison Stateline Plant in background, 06/1973 Photographer unknown.

DOCUMERICA:Calumet Park (far south side) on Lake Michigan Commonwealth Edison Stateline Plant in background, 06/1973 Photographer unknown.

DOCUMERICA: Icy winds and waves crash against the breakwater at Michigan City, 03/1973 Photographer unknown.

DOCUMERICA: Icy winds and waves crash against the breakwater at Michigan City, 03/1973 Photographer unknown.

 DOCUMERICA: Annual smelt run at Singing Bridge, Tawas City. In mid-April thousands of fishermen gather at Whitney Drain, a manmade canal on Lake Huron to dipnet for these small fish. Where man goes there go his beverage cans, too. 04/1973 Unknown.

DOCUMERICA: Annual smelt run at Singing Bridge, Tawas City. In mid-April thousands of fishermen gather at Whitney Drain, a manmade canal on Lake Huron to dipnet for these small fish. Where man goes there go his beverage cans, too. 04/1973 Unknown.

DOCUMERICA: Annual smelt run at Singing Bridge, Tawas City. In mid-April thousands of fishermen gather at Whitney Drain, a manmade canal on Lake Huron to dipnet for these small fish. Getting up the steep bank with a heavy catch requires more than one pair of arms and legs, 04/1973 Unknown.

DOCUMERICA: Annual smelt run at Singing Bridge, Tawas City. In mid-April thousands of fishermen gather at Whitney Drain, a manmade canal on Lake Huron to dipnet for these small fish. Getting up the steep bank with a heavy catch requires more than one pair of arms and legs, 04/1973 Unknown.

DOCUMERICA: Annual smelt run at Singing Bridge, Tawas City. In mid-April thousands of fishermen gather at Whitney Drain, a man-made canal on Lake Huron, to dipnet for these small fish. Dipnetting continues into the night, 04/1973 Unknown.

DOCUMERICA: Annual smelt run at Singing Bridge, Tawas City. In mid-April thousands of fishermen gather at Whitney Drain, a man-made canal on Lake Huron, to dipnet for these small fish. Dipnetting continues into the night, 04/1973 Unknown.

Browse the full Documerica collection to find photos that were taken closer to you. All ‘Then and Now’ entries will be considered for the larger Washington D.C. exhibit planned for March 8 – September 8, 2013.

When you follow that link above or by clicking this image below, you’ll come to a search page like this. Simply type in your town or state to see images of the past. Enjoy, have fun, and we look forward to your contributions to this historic project!

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