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The Argus Museum

Argus Museum

Argus Museum - 525 West William - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Hours: M-F 9-5 - Admission: Free



The Argus Museum features products manufactured by the Argus camera company and tells the stories of the company, the people involved and showcases unique collections connected to Argus. The museum is housed in one of the facilities where Argus products were manufactured.

Join us for this year’s Argus Museum/Argus Collectors Group (ACG) Annual Conference being held October 17-20.

Click here to download the 2019 Conference Registration Form and Information Sheet

It’s one that you don’t want to miss. Many of the events conveniently take place at the Argus Museum – they are free and open to all. (Donations are requested.)

The conference kicks off Thursday evening, October 17, with the opening reception hosted by the Argus Museum of the photography exhibit of work by Tamar Charney. “Through a Russian Lens” explores the shadows of her cold war childhood in plastic Soviet cameras low fi images. Conference highlights include discussions, demonstrations and temporary exhibits and Friday’s dinner sponsored by the ACG. Exploring the life of Gustave Fassin, the Belgium engineer who was instrumental in the design and function of early Argus cameras and the origins of the Photoscopic in Belgium are among the conference presentation topics. The traditional Saturday luncheon which honors former Argus employees and their families is also held at the Museum.

Three tours scheduled and an off-site banquet – all offering unique experiences! Friday morning, October 18, conference attendees are invited to stop by Ann Arbor’s Museum on Main Street and get a behind the scenes look and a chance to see the newly re-organized collections storage and workspace where a major collections inventory project is underway. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the simple beauty of the historic c. 1835 house and even have a peek at the doorway to the attic where the Greiner family wrote their names in pencil in the year 1901. (Some sections of the house are not ADA accessible.)

Friday’s afternoon tour of the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art will be given by the curator of photography. We will explore the museum’s photography collections and temporary exhibits and have a chance to enjoy the permanent collections displayed.

Saturday, we have scheduled a private tour of Northville’s historic Mill Race Village (admission fee is required but it’s a great photo op) before heading to Genitti’s Hole in the Wall for our banquet dinner. We have reserved the Gift Shop Room where we’ll feast on a seven-course Italian dinner before holding our awards ceremony (including the photography contest winner award), followed by a presentation, and our auction, which is a highlight for many attendees. Proceeds benefit the Argus Museum.

On Sunday, join us at the Michigan Photographic Historical Society’s Annual Show & Sale in Royal Oak. Whether you collect camera equipment, vintage photos or postcards, enjoy great deals on books or just like to browse, you’ll likely find something that you “need”.

For more information contact Cheryl Chidester, the Argus Museum curator and collections manager, at: cchidester@onealconstruction.com or at 734-769-0770.

The mission of the Argus Museum is to collect and preserve Argus Camera Incorporated products (including those manufactured under its prior names), publications and history of the company and its employees, to research the products and the people who were involved in the development and manufacturing of these products, to insure these collections are available for others to research, and to interpret and display the collections for public viewing to promote knowledge and appreciation of Argus.

NEW EXHIBIT- Dear Grampaw

Open now - August 8

Join us for the exhibit opening of “Dear Grampaw” at the Argus Museum, Thursday, 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, or by appointment. For more information, please call the Argus Museum Curator, Cheryl Chidester at 734-769-0770 or email her at: cchidester@onealconstruction.com

For additional information about the Fall Conference, other events and projects, and for volunteer opportunities, please contact Cheryl Chidester at: cchidester@onealconstruction.com or 734-769-0770. Visit the museum’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArgusMuseum/for more information and updates.

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Affiliations and Memberships

Argus Collectors Group

Michigan Photographic Historical Society (MiPHS)

Michigan Museum Association

Ann Arbor Art Alliance

For more information:

Cheryl A. Chidester, Curator
Argus Museum - Argus I Building
525 West William Street
Ann Arbor MI 48103

updated: 5 September 2017


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