UPDATE– We Need Your Help!!

The radio story on the Rabbit Hutch is now slated to air in late June on NPR’s Weekend Edition (we’ll announce the actual date here as soon as we have it). We’re honing in on ideas for our second radio story, and the web designers are working to have the online map ready for folks to start adding their own lost place/memories in just a couple of weeks.

A Treasure from the past: old menu from The Rabbit Hutch Family Restaurant in Logan, AL

A Treasure from the past: old menu from The Rabbit Hutch Family Restaurant in Logan, AL

NOW– we need your stories!
We’re looking for more stories for the radio series, and for the online map. Stories of places gone but dearly remembered—that have left their mark on you so clearly—just their mention brings them instantly back to life and you feel compelled to share them. Places that have ceased to be, except in our memories. It might be the factory that was once the heart-beat of your hometown; the dive bar where you saw your first punk band, had your first drink; the quirky country restaurant specializing in everything rabbit; your grandparents farm that is now a shopping mall …

Below are some questions and ideas to get the ideas and memories flowing.  Leave your comments here, or better, send us an email: placeandmemory@bigshed.org

About Your Memory:

specifically, where was it?
what was it called?
how would you categorize it? (using the list below or by adding a new one)
Give us a brief description
What’s the strongest memory you have of the place?

Businesses (restaurants, stores, shops, bowling alleys, barber shops, etc.)
Cites and towns
(razed by nature, land re-purposed for water/power, etc.)
Schools and churches
(closed, consolidated, etc.)
Neighborhoods that have disappeared
(re-developed, gentrified, aged, etc.)
Natural environments
(mountains, lakes, rivers, parks, views, beaches, islands)
Roads and bridges
(country roads, state highways, ferries)
Public/private gathering places
(street corners, people’s homes, etc.)
Other countries
(changes in government, war, natural disaster)
Buildings and monuments (or other large public edifices like statues, stadiums, public facilities)

8 responses to “UPDATE– We Need Your Help!!

  1. My friends have a book deal and a blog re: a KC classic store that’s gone … Harzfelds. http://harzfelds.blogspot.com/ They have tons of info, stories, etc.

  2. Kevin Andrew

    The Shamrock Hotel in Houston, TX: http://tinyurl.com/rexukd. My dad was a Shamrock lifeguard in early 50’s. I followed as a lifeguard there in late 70’s. The Shamrock’s glory had faded by the time I arrived; yet, you could still feel the swank. Here’s a vintage postcard with the pool in the foreground -> event:http://tinyurl.com/o95scq. It was a rare 55-yard “Olympic fan” with two 1-meter springboards, two 3-meter springboards, a 5-meter and a 10-meter platform.

    The two-hour Houston Swim Club workout started at 6:00 AM. We would log 7 or 8 thousand yards. I’d then teach swimming lessons and lifeguard until late afternoon before an afternoon workout of ~5 or 6 thousand yards.

  3. Kevin Andrew

    The Shamrock Hotel was razed in the mid-eighties. It is now mostly a parking lot -> http://tinyurl.com/o6x5mf

  4. Stop & Shop was a “gourmet” grocery store in the heart of Chicago’s downtown loop area (Washington St., 1/2 block west of State St.). They carried everything of the highest quality. The most fresh meat around, exotic grocery items, you name it, it was a must stop before heading home.

  5. One other gem, was Burney Bors. Bakery chain. The had a partnership with Jewel Foods to sell their bakery goods. But they also had stand alone stores. Their Bismarks were to die for, baked until dark golden brown, with sugar on top and the best rich jelly around.

  6. My great-grandparents ran “the” store in Belden, North Dakota. If my memory serves me right (from stories passed down) at one point Belden had my grandparent’s store, called The Belden Store, a post office, a creamery and maybe another business or two. It’s all gone now. Some of the buildings still stand, but that’s it. One of my most cherished memories is of visiting my Great-Uncle Marvin who ran the store until he died in early 90’s. It was the only business in town at that point. In it’s heyday, it was THE general store where you went for all household supplies, food, clothing, etc. and gasoline. Out behind my grandmother’s childhood home where my Great-Uncle still lived, was the crumbling one-room homestead house that my Great-Grandparents built. Belden was a dying town by the time I visited it, but I could picture the bustling little country town it had once been and I still do when I think back to what life must have been like for them. I’m sad that there is nothing left to visit. My grandparents have been gone for almost 10 years now and with them went the stories. I try to recall them, but I wonder how much of their importance in our family’s history has faded now that town and the people who occupied it are all gone. Will my children care about little Belden, North Dakota like I did and my mother did? We’re all over the country now and even though we still have family in North Dakota, Belden is the place I want to visit, but have no place to go to anymore.

  7. Portland, Oregon’s Quality Pie Restaurant & Bakery is another lost gem. It was the place to be seen from the 50s to the 80s. This blog tells you everything you need to know:

  8. Michele Picozzi

    I could fill your website with stories and memories of special places that once existed for decades and since have been torn down in my once favorite Jersey shore town, Wildwood.

    I call my time there (from the mid ’50 to the mid’70s) the island’s “Glory Days,” when it was a fun, safe, beautiful and busy place to enjoy a family vacation or work a summer job.

    Back then, one of the most exciting places to go on the town’s famous boardwalk was Hunt’s Pier. It opened in 1957 with a handful of rides and eventually boasted a few dozen –all unique and as good as anything at Disneyland on the other coast.

    I’ve started with a brief history of Hunt’s Pier on your site that I submitted today.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to share our memories and photos of places that still mean so much even if they now don’t physically exist.