Summer Comes to a Close

This summer I heard stories about family farms being split and houses being lost to make way for the Interstate, but I also heard about Vermonter’s love of this state and their pride in the construction and quality of the Vermont Interstate System. Many people we spoke to fondly reminisced about the days pre-interstate, while others spoke of the freedom of the open road.

While the stories we have heard and recorded this summer have been fascinating, our fieldwork has also resulted in 548 rephotographs and 74 stand alone images of Vermont, all of which were added to the Landscape Change Database. During our travels, we also gave 6 presentations, and formally interviewed over 15 Vermont residents.

We are still gathering data and opinions, so if you would like to contribute to this project please contact me at avang@uvm.edu, or fill out our Interstate Survey.

-Ana

Quintessential Thetford

It is rare to capture such a perfect re-shot, because so much has changed over Vermont’s long history, even since the 1960s. Working on this project I have re-photographed almost two hundred images taken just before the interstate was constructed. But this is the only image really trapped in time. It does not matter what is happening outside the four edges of the picture frame. Inside that frame, time stands still.

-Lizzie