525 West William
Ann Arbor, Michigan
hours: M-F 9-5
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.
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.
While we were told that it would be tough to top last year’s gathering, this year’s Argus Museum/Argus Collectors Group (ACG) Conference is shaping into one that you won’t want to miss - especially since most of the events are free and open to all!
The Conference kicks off Thursday evening, October 12th, from 6-8 p.m. with the opening of the photography exhibition, “Washtenaw through the Lens” which features work by the well-respected Ann Arbor Women Artists Association (AAWAA) photographers. Meet the artists, view their work, enjoy food and beverages and welcome Argus Museum members visiting from places around the country and Canada.Friday’s events include special-hours open house to view the current exhibit, “The Journey in a Day: 200 Years of Student Life at the University of Michigan 1817-2017” at the Museum on Main Street. A rare opportunity to tour of the Argus Building II is also scheduled for Friday – currently a University of Michigan building that is normally closed to the public. Argus manufactured equipment for the WWII effort in the building and, after the War; it was home to engineers and designers of innovative products. Friday’s dinner will again be hosted by ACG members and held in the lobby of the Argus I Building – there is no charge for the meal but donations are encouraged. Following dinner, a special presentation, “Highlights and Delights of the History of Photography” will be given by Martin Magid, former president of the Michigan Photographic Historical Society.
Saturday is a big day for the conference! The day begins with morning presentations and demonstrations. As is tradition, former Argus employees and their families are invited to join conference attendees for lunch at the Museum. Participants will then head to the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society (MMT&HS) Museum. (Car-pooling will be available.) Not only will the Conference banquet be held there – the Argus Museum-loaned special exhibit, “Argus Eyes for Victory”, will open that evening at the MMT&HS Museum and their members will be joining us for the event. The evening will include dinner, awards, an auction and a presentation given by Mike Reitsma about his research and the exhibit, titled, "Argus Eyes for Victory - WWII at the Argus Camera Factory in Ann Arbor." Reitsma is known for his WWII knowledge and expertise and his dedicated research of Argus’s military contributions.
Sunday’s event, the Vintage Argus Roadshow, will be back at the Argus Museum - everyone is invited to bring your Argus camera, or other Argus product, for a free appraisal by Argus experts from around the Country and Canada! You can also swap and deal and get great finds on all things Argus! So, join us – even if you’re just curious - and tell your friends and neighbors about our Sunday at the Museum event.
The registration form is available here: http://washtenawhistory.org/images/2017_acg_fall_conference_registration_form.pdf
For additional information for the conference, and other events and projects, and for volunteer opportunities, please contact Cheryl Chidester at: firstname.lastname@example.org 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