Maybe not the tracks you expected — pulse quickening, all the same:
May 4, 1861: Millard Fillmore wrote:
Transcription of the letter:
From Millard Fillmore to Abraham Lincoln, May 4, 1861
Buffalo May 4, 1861.
My Dear Sir,
The bearer, Dr. Martin Mayer, a Stranger to me, has asked of me a letter of Introduction to your Excellency, and produced such high proofs of character, that I do not feel at liberty to refuse it; and therefore while I decline any interference, in any appointment he may desire, (which is my uniform practice) I desire simple to ask that he may be heard.
Look at this stuff, at Pillar Post. Could your students do something like this for your town?
Students would have to find the old photos at the library, or at your local historical association or museum. Most of your students already have the electronic photo equipment though . . .
Just an idea.
Resources, and more:
- Angular Unconformities dipped into the underlying Flickr photos — nice shot
- At the SMU-hosted 11th Legacies Dallas History Conference denizens of the 7th floor of the Dallas Public Library were out in force, with hundreds of historic photographs for sale. DPL has thousands of these photos, with searchable, sometimes on-line databases. Photographs are searchable online, with sales online also possible. They have many more photographs not-yet-digitized, at the downtown branch.