Our Zine Library
Every year, with the help of community members, Indow creates a Window Zine to talk about why place matters. We don’t just save windows, we save the place and history they are attached to. We asked preservationists, photographers, artists—everyone—to share their stories about community and place along with us.
Thank you for taking the time to hear their voices through our zine library. We invite you to join in with your own on social media @indowwindows.
2020 Window Zine
Zine Excerpt From 2020 Edition
A Wave in the Glass by Erin Weber Boss
Years ago, my family rented an old farmhouse in Michigan. The age of the house is still up for debate, the internet estimating anywhere between 1900-1925. Regardless of the year it was built or its many renovations since then, that home stands as its own testament to farmhouse life during the first half of the 20th century. Surrounded by sugar beet and soybean fields and flanked by aging black walnut trees, what I remember most clearly is looking out its windows.
They each had the unique wave that’s become synonymous with the leaded windows of that time period. At least five ran the length of our living room, looking out into the yard where a rotting wooden swing hung, its rope wedged deeply into a tree branch after years of growth. I remember how the grass and the trees of the yard looked like they moved as I walked by the windows, a trick of the eye as my line of vision moved through the bubbled lens of glass. In the winter, it was less apparent, the blanket of snow melding everything together into one vast line of white until it hit the horizon, which had its own shade of gray-blue.
And now, twenty years later in my own home 700 miles away, I sometimes find that the view from my more modern windows are not any clearer. A trick of the light makes my rosebushes a visitor at the front stoop; the rains in April cloud my view of the neighborhood more than that leaded glass ever might have.
I find it’s important to look all the closer, all the harder, to make sure that how we see it is how the world actually is and recognize when I’m only seeing my angle of waved glass.
Zine Excerpt From 2020 Edition
Mulugeta by Ryan Libby
I had lived in my apartment for a year when Mulugeta showed up outside my window. He was beaming underneath large glasses, dressed in a suit and tie. His black and white image stamped in memoriam on a black street sign topper with Ethiopian script. He was close enough that he became a presence in the living room of my second floor apartment.
Before his memorial arrived I had heard his story in passing years earlier. Mulugeta was a refugee attending school in the area in the late 80’s. One night after getting home from a party, he and a friend were confronted by four white supremacists neighbors who were on their way to distribute recruitment pamphlets downtown. His neighbors had been drinking and were excited at the prospect of acting out the calls for violence in their propaganda. The altercation ended in Mulugeta’s death underneath a baseball bat decorated with racist slogans.
Thirty years later he showed up outside my window. Up until then I had always assumed that things like that occurred somewhere else. But sure enough, Mulugeta had spent his last moments just a block away from my quiet apartment, murdered by a neighbor that lived so close to him that one of the investigating offices commented they could have run tin can phones between the windows of their apartments.
It’s so rare in this country to come across memorials for the victims of white supremacist violence. Why take the time to unpack it, when you can just rewrap it and gentrify it. Seeing him outside my window made the history of my neighborhood come alive. Every day that I saw him I remembered, and every day that I remembered my resolve that this wouldn’t happen here again grew stronger.
Zine Excerpt From 2020 Edition
Art Activism from BLM Protests in 2020
Letter from the Editors
Window Zine Readers,
Thank you for caring about art, history, and our built environment. Preservation has come to hold so many things – preserving our history, our culture, our buildings, our architecture, our resources. It’s a heavy burden for that one word.
Let’s lighten its load by allowing art, writing, photography, and our stories to share the space. That’s where the concept of preservation belongs, whether in poetry or watercolor, our stories are preserved when we protect places. We asked preservationists, photographers, artists – everyone – to share their stories about place with us.
Assigning value to spaces: historically vs now. Community vs “historic events”.
History is happening now and being captured on buildings and in windows.
Thank you for reading,
-The Indow Zine Team
What is a Zine?
A zine is a collection of art, poems, and articles, usually based on a theme, which is self-published. Our Window Zine is made in collaboration with many other preservationists and community members.
See our online zine submissions page.
Previous themes have included redefining historic preservation and expanding its accessibility, vintage neon signs, widows (it is a window zine) and the importance of historic preservation. You can view them all above in our online zine library.
Want to create your own zine? We have a page full of zine ideas including a downloadable mini zine template that will help you get started.
Window Zine Collaborators
Our zine library wouldn’t exist without the help and contributions from our amazing community. Preservationists turned artist and artists turned preservatist stitched this online zine together each year. Your voice could be added to the list.
Aisha Munir |Lancashire (Instagram)
Anne Shaw | Kokomo, IN (Linkedin) (Instagram)
Ben Wood | San Francisco, CA (Website)
Boston Historic Preservation | Boston, MA
Claire Meyer | Nashville, TN
Clay Fellows | Cleveland, OH (YouTube) (Linkedin) (Instagram)
Dustin Klein | (Instagram)
Erin Weber Boss | Hendersonville, NC
Gina Tran | Portland, OR
Jacqueline Drayer | Washington, DC
Jane Griswold Radocchia | Bennington, VT (Website)
Jeff Lee | San Francisco, CA
Jeremy Ebersole | Portland, OR (Linkedin) (Instagram)
Jillian Woltz | Columbus, OH (Instagram)
Kat Harrison | Philadelphia, PA (Website)
Kate Scott | Norfolk, VA
Kathryn Foster | Portland, OR
KDS | Portland, OR
Kim Bauer | Brighton, CO (Website)
Komal Sawant | Mumbai, India (Instagram)
Laurea McLeland | Muncy, PA (Website)
Lillyanne Pham | Portland, OR
Larry Shure | Chicago, IL
Mary Means | Silver Spring, MD
Mike Arnesen | Portland, OR (Website)
Preserving East New York (PENY) | (Instagram)
Rachel Marsom | Hendersonville, NC
Raina Regan | Washington, DC
Regan Weber | Valparaiso, IN
Rhys Martin | Tulsa, OK (Website)
Russ Eisenburg | Portland, OR
Ryan Libby | Portland, OR
Sarah Marsom | Columbus, OH (Website)
Sarah Shay | Cincinnati, OH
Siobhan C. Hagan | Baltimore, MD (Website)
Stuart Rosenfeld | Portland, OR
Terra Wheeler | Portland, OR
Travis Newsome | Berwyn, IL (Instagram)