I was born and raised in Scranton, PA, current home of Steamtown NatIonal Historic Site. Many of my ancestors were Pioneer residents of the city, and worked in the iron furnaces, the local coal mines, and on the street cars and railroads. In fact, I chose the name "Laurel Liner" primarily because my Grandfather was Chief Dispatcher of the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railroad (the "Laurel Line").
I plan to honor my heritage by recreating or at least simulating some local landmarks, and by working in scenes related to those places where my family lived, worked, etc.
I've started out small by creating and adding some custom signage to my MTH brewery building in order to simulate an old local brewery from the past. I used some old photos found on the web as a reference, recreated the signage using Photoshop, printed it on card stock and then attached it with a glue stick! I've attached some pictures of my work.
I would love to see what you, my fellow forum members, have added to your layouts that holds special meaning, whether inspired by your community, your family, or even just a place or topic that you are passionate about.