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This is the last week of the “Water is Life” photography exhibit at the Argus Museum!  Five artists from the Ann Arb...
05/07/2019

This is the last week of the “Water is Life” photography exhibit at the Argus Museum! Five artists from the Ann Arbor Women Artists used their cameras to capture images that show the diversity, beauty and wonder of water. The exhibit is worth a visit to the museum, but you have only through May 10th to check it out. The Argus Museum is open during the week, 8-5.

Join us for the exhibit opening of “Dear Grampaw” at the Argus Museum, May 23rd, 6-8:30 pm. The encaustic photo coll...
04/23/2019

Join us for the exhibit opening of “Dear Grampaw” at the Argus Museum, May 23rd, 6-8:30 pm. The encaustic photo collages, created by Matthew Provost, explores his “grandfather’s rites of passage and first-hand experience of the Vietnam War”. The artwork, which incorporates his grandfather’s photos, letters and journals found after his passing, tells the story of war on a personal level. Through his work, Provoast began to know, and understand, his grandfather in a different light - as a young man thrown into traumatic situations - and how those experiences changed is life. Provoast, a graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design, Kendall College of Art & Design, is devoted to the medium of storying and archiving memory, as well as the artistic reflection of history, through close family ties.
The exhibit is available for viewing 9-5, M-F, through August 9th. The Argus Museum is located on the second floor of the Argus I Building, 525 West William Street in Ann Arbor.

Opening on April 6th (which it already is in Australia), at the Canberra Museum & Gallery, is the exhibit, "Form Beyond ...
04/05/2019

Opening on April 6th (which it already is in Australia), at the Canberra Museum & Gallery, is the exhibit, "Form Beyond Function: Nigel Lendon’s plastic cameras".
"Alongside his practice as an artist and art-historian, Nigel Lendon has been an inveterate and purposeful collector of, amongst other things, conceptual art, Afghan War rugs and over 200 plastic cameras", including the Argus Argoflex 75, "made in Australia" by Hanimex. In the mid-1950s, Argus sold a set of manufacturing dies to Hanimex in Australia, who manufactured the Argus Seventy Five under license.
For more information, check out: http://www.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/form-beyond-function?fbclid=IwAR1SNgqPo4dbpbyk7d-vTsCp-UuVFrM_AjoOi-23bB_Db7SPW8zKVFsLj24

Wednesday evening, the Michigan chapter of the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network met at the Argus Museum. T...
03/28/2019

Wednesday evening, the Michigan chapter of the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network met at the Argus Museum. The group toured the museum, mingled, listened to a presentation and had an engaging discussion. We enjoyed meeting members and hosting the group's event.

I think that all who attended the opening of the photography exhibit, "Life is Water", enjoyed the evening at the Argus ...
02/25/2019

I think that all who attended the opening of the photography exhibit, "Life is Water", enjoyed the evening at the Argus Museum. The show will hang through May 10. Stop by and see the exhibit - you'll be glad that you did. The museum is open M-F, 9-5.

We're hard at work hanging "Life is Water".  Come meet the artists and see their photography this Thursday, February 21 ...
02/18/2019

We're hard at work hanging "Life is Water". Come meet the artists and see their photography this Thursday, February 21 from 6-8 pm, here at the Argus Museum.

Water is LifeFive artists from the Ann Arbor Women Artists used their cameras to capture images that show the diversity,...
02/07/2019

Water is Life

Five artists from the Ann Arbor Women Artists used their cameras to capture images that show the diversity, beauty and wonder of water. The photographers, Fred Beutler, Travis Erby, Daniela Gobetti, Sophie Grillet, and Sally Silvennoinen, are showing their work at the Argus Museum. Please join us for the opening reception of “Water is Life” on Thursday, February 21, 6-8 pm. The Museum is located in the Argus I Building, 525 West William Street, Ann Arbor. The exhibit runs through May 10.

The opening for "Pilgrimage: A analogue Photography Exhibition" was well-attended; I believe that all those who came enj...
01/22/2019

The opening for "Pilgrimage: A analogue Photography Exhibition" was well-attended; I believe that all those who came enjoyed an evening at the Argus Museum.
The show will be up through February 14. Please stop by M-F, 9-5 and check out the WSU's students photography.

Over 50 film-based photographs created by Professor Deborah Kingery’s Wayne State University students for the PILGRIMA...
01/15/2019

Over 50 film-based photographs created by Professor Deborah Kingery’s Wayne State University students for the PILGRIMAGE: an analogue photography exhibit will be on display starting this Thursday, January 19 through February 15.
The exhibit is curated by Professor Kingery. She is not only an educator, an historian and a working artist; she is also a Washtenaw County Historical Society board member and the chair of the Argus Museum Committee.
So, join us for the opening event being held 6-8:30 pm at the Argus Museum – you’ll be glad you stopped by.

Join us at the Argus Museum on Thursday evening, January 17th, for the opening of PILGRIMAGE: an analogue photography ex...
01/08/2019

Join us at the Argus Museum on Thursday evening, January 17th, for the opening of PILGRIMAGE: an analogue photography exhibit. The images were created by Wayne State University’s Black and White analog photography class who were given a series of projects of specific genres of Portraiture, Document and Landscape steeped in both historical and contemporary references. “Collectively, the photographs presented here are the simulacrum of the talisman, relics and mysteries encountered through their exploration of image making, analog film, camera, and darkroom methodologies.”
The Argus Museum is located in the Argus I Building at 525 West Williams Street in Ann Arbor. The exhibit, which hangs through February 14th, is available for public viewing M-F, 9-5.

It’s the season for spending time with family and friends, holiday cheer and giving thanks. No wonder we call this “...
12/20/2018

It’s the season for spending time with family and friends, holiday cheer and giving thanks. No wonder we call this “the most wonderful time of the year”! We at the Argus Museum and the Washtenaw County Historical Society are grateful for members and donors like you. Thank you. You have made a difference. Because of your generosity, over the past few years we have been able to accomplish several projects, both big and small. Projects funded by donors include:
• The transportation of the Gambino Collection
• Argus Employee Oral History Project
• Museum Software
• Storage Shelving
• Museum Display Cases
• Annual Conference
• Argus Endowment Fund
• Argus Exhibit Loans
• Photography Exhibits of work by local and regional artists
We are proud of what we have accomplished, but we couldn’t have done it without you. We hope to continue, and expand our outreach programs to include working with underprivileged youth of the Peace Neighborhood Center and further our partnerships with university museum studies students.
However, to realize our goals, we need your continued support. So, please consider including us in your end-of-the-year giving. Even a small donation can have a big impact. Donation transactions can be conducted online at: http://washtenawhistory.org/index.php…
Donations can also be mailed to: Argus Museum, 525 West William Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
Thank you.
Warm Regards and Holiday Cheer,
Your Fellow Argomaniac,

Cheryl A. Chidester
Argus Museum Curator/Collections Manager

Argus Museum
12/18/2018

Argus Museum

You only have until January 11th to check out Ann Arbor’s J. Adrian Wylie’s photography exhibition, “Continuity”. All the images were created with a c. 1946 Argus Argolex E twin lens reflex camera! The show is available for viewing M-F, 9-5 (closed on holidays).

You only have until January 11th to check out Ann Arbor’s J. Adrian Wylie’s photography exhibition, “Continuity”...
12/18/2018

You only have until January 11th to check out Ann Arbor’s J. Adrian Wylie’s photography exhibition, “Continuity”. All the images were created with a c. 1946 Argus Argolex E twin lens reflex camera! The show is available for viewing M-F, 9-5 (closed on holidays).

The newest Argus Museum acquisition, a WW2 T-1 computer/calculator, was donated by Mike Reitsma and Pam Buckley.  Argus ...
12/13/2018

The newest Argus Museum acquisition, a WW2 T-1 computer/calculator, was donated by Mike Reitsma and Pam Buckley. Argus was significantly involved in the war effort and manufactured numerous radio and optic components, including the Sperry Corporation’s “Bombing Angle” indicator for the T-1. It is the American version of the British Mk XIV bomb sight. For more information, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YEst16D98Y

The temporary exhibit, "Argus Eyes for Victory", at the Yankee Air Museum is one you don't want to miss!  (The Yankee Ai...
12/07/2018

The temporary exhibit, "Argus Eyes for Victory", at the Yankee Air Museum is one you don't want to miss! (The Yankee Air Museum is worth the trip in itself.) Located at the Willow Run Airport in Belleville, MI, the YAM is opened Tues.-Sat. 10-4 and Sun. 11-4.

Packed and delivered the last few items  that will be included in the exhibit "Argus Eyes for Victory" opening this Satu...
11/08/2018

Packed and delivered the last few items that will be included in the exhibit "Argus Eyes for Victory" opening this Saturday at the Yankee Air Museum (YAM). The exhibit set-up is almost complete. The YAM crew did a great job!

10/09/2018
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10/01/2018

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I think that everyone enjoyed the Argus Museum/ACG Conference - engaging presentations and tours along with good food, lively conversations and an exciting auction! They're already talking about next year! (And, yes, we spotted a bald eagle during Sunday's ride on the Island Queen III !)

I think that everyone enjoyed the Argus Museum/ACG Conference - engaging presentations and tours along with good food, l...
10/01/2018

I think that everyone enjoyed the Argus Museum/ACG Conference - engaging presentations and tours along with good food, lively conversations and an exciting auction! They're already talking about next year! (And, yes, we spotted a bald eagle during Sunday's ride on the Island Queen III !)

Washtenaw County Historical Society
09/28/2018

Washtenaw County Historical Society

The conference opened with the unveiling of the photography exhibit, "Continuity" featuring the work of Adrian Wylie. Attendees enjoyed the photography, museum displays and lively conversation! All are welcome to join us for upcoming conference events.
For more info, contact Cheryl, the Argus Museum Curator at either 734-769-0770 or [email protected].

The conference opened with the unveiling of the photography exhibit, "Continuity" featuring the work of Adrian Wylie. At...
09/28/2018

The conference opened with the unveiling of the photography exhibit, "Continuity" featuring the work of Adrian Wylie. Attendees enjoyed the photography, museum displays and lively conversation! All are welcome to join us for upcoming conference events.
For more info, contact Cheryl, the Argus Museum Curator at either 734-769-0770 or [email protected]truction.com.

The Argus Museum/ACG Conference’s final event is a leisurely cruise on the Island Queen III around Kent Lake in locate...
09/13/2018
Tour Kent Lake on the Island Queen III pontoon boat at Kensington Metro Park in Milford! - JobbieCrew.com

The Argus Museum/ACG Conference’s final event is a leisurely cruise on the Island Queen III around Kent Lake in located in Kensington Metro Park on Sunday, September 30th. We are meeting at the boat rental/excursion office at 11:45 am. The cost is $6.00 a person/$4.00 for seniors and children, plus a Metro Pass. The tour should offer some great photo ops! For more information about the tour, visit: https://jobbiecrew.com/island-queen-milford/ and for general conference information, contact Cheryl, the Argus Museum curator, at either [email protected] or at 734-769-0770.

On Saturday after lunch on September 29th, Argus Museum/ACG conference participants will be guests of the Saline Area Hi...
09/12/2018

On Saturday after lunch on September 29th, Argus Museum/ACG conference participants will be guests of the Saline Area Historical Society (SAHS). We will first tour the Depot Museum and then head to the Rentschler Farm Museum. After our tour, we will gather for our banquet dinner followed by a presentation about the Saline Salt Springs given by SAHS president, Jim Peters. Awards will be given and guests will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction. Besides unusual and fun photography-related items, local businesses have donated some great stuff! If interested, please contact Cheryl, the Argus Museum curator, at either [email protected] or at 734-769-0770.

As has been tradition, the Argus Museum/ACG Conference Saturday luncheon is dedicated to former Argus employees and thei...
09/11/2018

As has been tradition, the Argus Museum/ACG Conference Saturday luncheon is dedicated to former Argus employees and their family and friends. The September 29th event is being held from 1-3 pm at the Argus Museum. If you know of former Argus employees, please pass on this invitation. We encourage those attending to bring Argus-related items, including photographs. If you plan on attending the lunch, or any other of the conference events, please contact Cheryl, the Argus Museum curator, at either [email protected] or at 734-769-0770.

The Argus Museum/ACG Conference includes field trips with history and photo ops in mind. One of this year’s excursions...
09/10/2018

The Argus Museum/ACG Conference includes field trips with history and photo ops in mind. One of this year’s excursions is to the Kelsey Museum of Archeology for a “Highlights of the Kelsey” tour taking place Friday, September 28, 2-4:30 pm. (While flash photography is prohibited, photography is allowed.)
If you’d like to join us for the tour, please let us know by Thursday September 13 by contacting the Cheryl, the Argus Museum curator, at either [email protected] or at 734-769-0770. We are meeting at Kelsey Museum’s main entrance at 2:15; the cost of the tour is $2.00 per person. For more about the Kelsey visit: https://lsa.umich.edu/kelsey/

You are invited to the annual Argus Collectors Group/Argus Museum Fall Conference being held September 27-30, 2018. Meet...
09/07/2018

You are invited to the annual Argus Collectors Group/Argus Museum Fall Conference being held September 27-30, 2018. Meet like-minded collectors, photographers and historians from around the country and Canada. Listen to presentations about using vintage camera equipment and Saline’s salt springs, participate in private tours of local museums and historic sites and learn a little something about Argus cameras and the Museum’s collection.
Among the presenters is Eastern Michigan University graduate student, Ashley Holsomback, who will be talking about her final project, working with the extensive and significant, Gambino Collection.
This year’s banquet is being held in Rentschler's Farm Museum’s Main Barn in Saline. All are welcome and most of the events are free. For more information, please call Cheryl Chidester at 734-769-0770 or email [email protected].

Download Registration Form and Conference Schedule at:
https://mailchi.mp/15f97b99162a/historians-photographers-collectors

Washtenaw County Historical Society member and Argus Collectors Group (ACG) membera, Phil Sterritt, will be talking abou...
09/06/2018

Washtenaw County Historical Society member and Argus Collectors Group (ACG) membera, Phil Sterritt, will be talking about "Things We Learned from the Argus Surveys" on Friday, September 28, beginning at 7 pm. at the Argus Museum as part of the annual Argus Museum/ACG Conference.
Phil is not only an Argus collector; he is also a Software Engineer who hails from Denver, CO. Phil has been collecting and researching Argus since the mid-1970s. He is an early member of the Argus Collectors Group (ACG), joining the group in the 1990s, not long after its formation.
Phil has been instrumental in researching the story of Argus and has been heavily involved in efforts to create Argus Camera surveys and in early efforts in interviewing former Argus Employees. Phil has also donated some of the Argus Museum’s more interesting and rare, artifacts, including recent donations of an International Autime Radio, an Argus dealer wall display clock and The Complete Photographer Jr. kit.
Phil lists his greatest accomplishment as “Getting Ron Norwood to join the ACG.”
For more information contact the Argus Museum curator at: [email protected]

James H. Peters, Saline Area Historical Society President, will be talking about the history of the Saline Salt Springs ...
09/05/2018

James H. Peters, Saline Area Historical Society President, will be talking about the history of the Saline Salt Springs during the conference's banquet.
A resident of Saline for 31 years, Jim has been an active member of the community in numerous ways including serving on City Council, Saline Parks Commission, Celtic Festival Committee, Saline K9 Crusaders and The Greenway Alliance Committee. Among the acolytes honoring his dedication to the community are the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 “Life Time Achievement Award” and the Michigan Rec & Parks “Community Service Award”.
Jim is also the President of the Saline Area Historical Society and, needless to say, he has done quite a bit of research on the Saline Salt Springs.

Another photographer presenting at the conference this year is Robert Beech.Robert Beech – Michigan Photographic Socie...
08/30/2018

Another photographer presenting at the conference this year is Robert Beech.
Robert Beech – Michigan Photographic Society Member
Saturday afternoon presentation: 19th Century Photography
After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in 1979, Robert Beech, photographer and historian, went on to develop computer generated imagery for television and motion pictures until 2000. He then returned to school obtaining degrees in Technology Education and Art Education and taught graphic design at the Ypsilanti High School. Most recently, he has worked as a living historian/tintypist. In 2016, he was honored to be appointed the Artist-in-Residence at Gettysburg National Battlefield Park.
Robert’s artistic experience is comprehensive and includes drawing, painting, sculpture, theatrical make-up, large format photography, and most recently, wet-plate photography. Robert enjoys “teaching and sharing my experiences in technology and art with young people. It gives a satisfaction to me that I seldom experienced making animation for films and TV”. Together with Ann Arbor-based photographer, Thomas Nighswander, Robert work was on display at the Argus Museum this past summer with the exhibit, Black & White – A Century of Change.

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