Okay, I admit it... I'm a history geek. Actually, I'm mostly an over-the-top storyteller. I've been telling stories since I could talk and I've enjoyed history since I was old enough to read. I love a good story! I'm fascinated by how people from the past lived in completely different worlds than we do today but they still laughed and cried, had a favorite color, hung out with best friends, and authored interesting life stories—just like you and I do in the 21st century. Sadly for some, history is just a list of facts and dates. What makes history come alive for me are the front-row seats to those enthralling people stories. I enjoy researching local history and sharing what I learn on tours I host and in exhibits I create. Most of all, I love the storytelling and hearing someone say, "I never knew that" because it means they've learned something new and I've sparked their interest in people from the past. 

This website is the perfect venue for me to refine my local history stories while sharing them with the public. I stumble on new photographs, maps, drawings, and documentation all the time and this dynamic space provides a place for me to keep these stories up-to-date.

My other big interest is photography. My interest began in the early 1970s when my father brought home a Polaroid SX-79 Land camera to take family snap shots. My passion for photography came to me as an adult when my interest in history inspired me to begin capturing images of historic buildings, bridges, and old forts. Eventually, I began to combine photography with my interest in the outdoors. This led me to focus on nature photography. Over time, my life has been transformed through this wonderful journey of self-expression. 

I grew up near the scenic hills of the Mohican Valley in north-central Ohio where I often return for photo opportunities and to shop for local history books. Today, I live with my wife and our cats in the Oak Openings Region of northwest Ohio—home to many beautiful nature scenes and some very rich local history. 

It is my hope that my history research and photographs will help heighten awareness for America's historical heritage and provide support and encouragement to the many people who work to preserve our natural treasures.

Tedd Long

Chief Storyteller and Tour Guide

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