Rush City Photography Project

“A Snapshot in Time" was a week-long camp that brings together high school aged youth and seniors to study historic photography and photography techniques as they create a short photo exhibit about their community.

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Students worked with local seniors to create a photo exhibit that captured historic sites, scenery and characters in Rush City. See the exhibit photos here (PDF document).

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“A Snapshot in Time” was a one week camp that examined the art and science of photography, and the subject of Rush City. Youth and adult participants examined archives at the local newspaper, learned about historic photos from author Nathan Johnson and photography skills with Dee Kotaska and C.J. Gustafson.  Finally, they selected photos and wrote text for a photography exhibit held at the Pine Center for the Arts. Participants marveled at the photography skills they developed during the camp and also commented on the intergenerational relationships they developed in creating the photo exhibit.

Youth Participants: Ashley, Haley, Jordan, Kayla, Molly

Elder Participants: Linda Berg, Wendy Johnson, James Kelley, Nora McKinnon, Bev and Jerry Moberg, Ilene Olson, Judy Scholin

For more information: Contact Project Manager Aleah Vinick at or 651-259-3417.

Background on Rush City
Rush City is Located just one hour north of the Twin Cites metro area on I-35. Rush City embraces small town values and hospitality. Although modest in population, the city is growing residentially and commercially. With a lumber and flour milling history, it now has a diverse economic base of agri-business, manufacturing, retail, public transportation and tourism.

Visit the town's official website.

Learn more about the North West Company Fur Post in Pine City, a Minnesota Historical Society site.

Resources on Historic Minnesota Photography

Minnesota History Magazine: Working the Light, Nineteenth-Century Professional Photographers in Minnesota

Directory of Minnesota Photographers

Minnesota History Magazine: Minnesota Daguerreotypes

Minnesota Reflections: Historic Photographs of Minnesota

Minnesota Reflections: Some Reflections on Photography

Project Details

Date: June 2011
Partner(s): Scott Blum, North West Company Fur Post; C.J. Gustafson; Nathan Johnson, author; Dee Kotaska, photographer; Eileen Mack and Patrick Schifferdecker, North West Company Fur Post; Aleah Vinick, Minnesota Historical Society, Project Manager
Location: Rush City, MN

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