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Modern day photographs of historic sites can be valuable in giving an understanding of both geography and changes over time.

They can also provide a primer and encouragement for teachers planning field trips.

The House Divided Project provides a collection of modern day photographs, often enhanced so as to provide “then and now” images.

Contributions from teachers and others along these lines are strongly encouraged.  You will retain your copyright and receive a by-line in the House Divided Research Engine.

The example to the right is a recent photograph of East High Street in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, near the town square and featuring the Benz House, a mid-nineteenth century hotel.  The structure came under Confederate horse artillery shellfire in July 1863 and later, in the Reconstruction era, forced the visiting Frederick Douglass to use the rear entrance and sleep in the servants’ quarters.

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