This week, we’ll be joining our friends at the American Guide as they celebrate the landscapes, people, architecture, and history of America during their 2nd annual American Guide Week. Watch for our dispatches this week, and be sure to follow the adventure from their legion of guides using the hashtag #americanguideweek.
What is the American Guide? It’s a revival of the Depression-era guidebook series by the same name. It’s part archive curation from back in the day, part documentary travel in the here and now. It’s here to keep a state by state record of an America coming out of the Great Recession and beyond: to document people and places both pretty and hard because, all things being equal, that’s what makes America, America.
AMERICAN GUIDE WEEK - THE U.S. of A.
It’s Monday, November 18th, folks, and the sun has risen on the second annual American Guide Week.
We’ve dug deep in the archives and unearthed the 1935 field manual sent out to our WPA predecessors. We’ve laid out ten assignments:
- Topography and Climate
- Flora and Fauna
- Folk Festivals, Pageants, Celebrations and Customs
- National Parks, Monuments and Landmarks
- Products and Manufacturing/Industry
Now, trusted Guides, we send you out to report back with both hard facts and tall tales. The assignments should be used as inspiration for your dispatches, not as interrogations to be answered by rote. Write, photograph, film, record, draw, paint, sing. We look forward to seeing what you send our way.
Tag your new (or old) posts #americanguideweek, contact us through the Submit page or drop a line to email@example.com.
In the ardent words of the original manual, “At every point in the preparation of the Guide, voluntary assistance will be of the greatest importance.” This is a collaboration, folks: a living, Tumblifying documentary about the USA. Glad to have you on board.
Be a Guide. Show us your state and we’ll show you ours.
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Illustration by Guide to the West, James Orndorf - www.roughshelter.com