ACG Ann Arbor Fall Conference
The 2019 Argus Collectors Group/Argus Museum Ann Arbor Fall Conference
For a schedule of events and to register, please view the PDF at this link
. If you would prefer to email a registration form, this link
will direct you to a fillable Microsoft Word form.
More information is available on the WCHS website: http://washtenawhistory.org/
, and on the Argus Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArgusMuseum/
For additional information about the conference and the Argus Museum,
you can also contact Cheryl Chidester at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-769-0770.
If you plan to attend, please fill out the registration form above and email it to email@example.com.
you heard – the Argus Museum is again hosting the ACG/Argus Museum
Conference October 17-20, 2019? It’s fast approaching! The
conference is casual, the participants are enthusiastic and welcoming
and the presentations given are interesting, informative and well-done.
Additionally, this year’s field trips, in particular, offer rare
opportunities. And…Camera Mall, an Ann Arbor independent
camera store that offers a wide variety of services, will have a
presence in this year’s event! There’s a lot to this conference – read
on to find out more about the event that is sure to be one that you
don’t want to miss.
The conference opens on Thursday evening
with the photography exhibition “Through a Russian Lens”.
Journalist and photographer Tamar Charney surprised herself a few years
ago by ordering a plastic Soviet camera online. For months she set
aside her DSLR to look at her life through a Russian lens and saw
shadows of her cold war childhood in the cameras low fi images. Mingle
and meet while enjoying the Argus Museum, the photography exhibit and
appetizers and beverages.
of the conference (October 18), begins with a behind-the-scenes look at
the Washtenaw County Historical Society’s Museum on Main Street storage
and workspace where a major collections inventory project is underway.
After lunch, we head to the University of Michigan Museum of Art for a
private, interactive tour given by UMMA’s photography curator which
will include viewing the exhibit, “Take Your Pick: Collecting Found
Photographs”. Dinner is being held at the Argus Museum and generously
donated by Argus Collectors Group (ACG) members. (Don’t forget to turn
in your film if you’re participating in the photography contest, “My
Journey to Ann Arbor. All photos must be taken with an Argus 35mm
camera.) After dinner, enjoy the presentation, “T1/MkXIV Bombsight: the
British-American-Sperry-Argus Story” given by ACG member, Mike Reitsma
of Burlingame, CA and an expert on Argus and its military-related
products. There will be a conference-only display of the optical
site head and its (very heavy) analog computer! Because our
special guests from the West Coast, Gustave Fassin’s granddaughters,
Sherry da Roza and Diane McCoy, will be participating in the
conference, there will be a second, conference-only display on his life
and contributions in several fields, including photography and military
equipment, architecture as well as the space program. A limited number
of copies of the Gustave Fassin Scrapbook will be available for
Saturday is another full day! Local photographer and
journalist, Tamar Cheney, will talk about her photographs on display
and her work in general, ACG member, Bob Kelly (Renton, WA) will
discuss Argus Dealer Price Lists, we will have Argus Museum updates,
and an overview of Argy_Eyes EBay fundraising project. Former Argus
employees and their families will join us for lunch and informal
discussions. (If you know former Argus employees, or those whose
parents were employed by the company, please let them know of the
luncheon.) During lunch, there will be an Argus Exchange – conference
attendees will exclusively have the opportunity to
exchange/purchase/gift their Argus equipment. We then head to
Northville’s Mill Race Village for a tour and photo opportunities
before heading to Genitti’s Hole in the Wall for our Banquet and a
seven-course Italian meal. After dinner, Mike Reitsma, with the
assistance of Pam Buckley, will present “The Gustave Fassin Scrapbook
& Origins of the Photoscopic in Belgium”. Our banquet auction
features rare (and not always Argus) photography equipment and
donations from local businesses including the Argus Farm Stop,
Hollander’s, Camera Mall and the Standard Bistro and Larder. Awards and
prizes, including a one-of-a-kind award for the photography
competition, cap the evening’s festivities.
On Sunday, guests
are encouraged to attend the annual Michigan Photographic Historical
Society’s 41st Annual Photographica Show & Sale being held at Royal
Oak’s Elks Lodge. (Conference attendees are eligible for a discounted
entry fee.) Plenty of camera equipment, vintage photographs and
postcards and other photo-related items will be for sale and deals are
to be had!
This event brings together collectors, historians,
photographers and community members. Please join us for any one event
or for the entire conference. Registration is required for the
luncheon, field trips and the banquet; registration is requested for
all other events. For additional information for the conference, and
other events and projects, and for volunteer opportunities, please
contact the Argus Museum curator, Cheryl Chidester, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or 734-769-0770. You can also find out more about the conference and updates at: http://washtenawhistory.org/index.php?section=sites&content=argus_museum
and on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Argus-Museum-513899468693713/
. Registration forms are available at:http://washtenawhistory.org/images/pdf-2019_argus_collectors_group_ann_arbor_fall_conference__registration_form.pdf
We hope to see you in Ann Arbor in October!