Grammond captures history through camera lens

by Jonathan Young

ECM Sun Publications

A Princeton man served as one of the official photographers for the Minnesota delegation to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary of the battle July 1-3.

Submitted photo Jay Grammond had fun capturing the 125th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Submitted photo
Jay Grammond had fun capturing the 125th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Jay Grammond, of Princeton, works in adult community education in the Elk River Area School District, but photography is his hobby and passion. He bought his first camera in the 1980s after saving money from work at a grocery store. He has since become a proficient photographer.

Grammond enjoys taking pictures of old cars, abandoned farm equipment and old barns. He also enjoys nature photography and has shot many events.

When full-time photographer Doug Ohman, of New Hope, got the job of official photographer for the Gettysburg delegation, he asked Grammond to come along and share the duties. Grammond, who had worked with Ohman on another project, agreed.

As an adult educator with an interest in history, Grammond said the trip was a good fit. He said he’s always been interested in family history and his ancestors, but the Civil War caught his attention in the past several years. He believes he has distant relatives who fought in the Civil War or the related wars with Native Americans. He’s working to verify those connections.

Grammond posted photos from the Gettysburg trip on his blog,

Grammond also founded the Sandhill Photography Club three years ago. The club recently sponsored the Elk River Independence Day Powered by Nature Photography contest and hosted an event at Pompeii Pizzeria in downtown Elk River, where club members showed their work to the public.

The club’s work is featured on the Sandhill Photography Club’s Facebook site.

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