still seeking states… and other updates

Sorry to interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcast, folks. I need your help. I’m very grateful to my contributors to date. But I’m still seeking contributions from a few states. If you know anyone who might have been born in the following states, would you please contact me, or have them contact me?

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming

Man. That’s more states than I thought I was missing.

In other news: I’m in the planning stages for the next project in definingplace. I’m planning to begin by asking past contributors to contribute again to a different prompt. (No pressure, and I don’t send a bunch of emails; it’s just me over here, no automatons.) But of course new contributors are enthusiastically welcomed. If you’re interested, always, just shoot me a line:

Thanks for stopping by, and for your contributions & comments. Next week we’ll be back on track with a picture representing Illinois.


birth/place is the first project of Defining Place. There will be more to come.

Contributors to this project were asked to submit an image that represents to them the state where they were born. Some contributors have lived in their birth states for many years, some never considered that state a home at all. Images are posted weekly on Tuesday mornings.

As you will notice, this project is limited in its scope to the United States (and protectorates). This was the level of complexity that made sense to me as a beginning, and as a U.S. native myself, U.S. natives were the easiest folks to access. I would love to be able to take this thing international at some point, but for now, I’m working on 50 states & change.

I am grateful to everyone who participated in this project. If you’d like to contribute an image representing your birth state, please do drop me a line:

You can explore birth/place images below as posted, or you can click here for a random image.

Header image: map of Northeast Houston in 1922, courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.