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.
The Annual Argus Collectors Group/Argus Museum Conference is fast-approaching! The conference, being held October 13-16, opens on Thursday evening with the photography exhibition “Homage to the Holga” showcasing work by the Ann Arbor Area Crappy Camera Club (A3C3).
Friday’s schedule includes special viewing hours for the Washtenaw County Historical Society’s Museum on Main Street exhibit, “Community Helpers”, a tour of the Clements Library, dinner at the Argus Museum generously donated by Argus Collectors Group (ACG) members, and the presentation, “Argus in the 1950s”. The presentation, given by ACG member, Bob Kelly, will look at key players, innovation and marketing, significant products, transition points, merger impacts and the situation as Argus completed 25 years in business in June of 1961.
A display titled, "Whatever happened to Gustave Fassin?” a look at the man behind the design of the Argus A – the company’s first 35mm camera, will be on view Friday and Saturday. Additionally, the DeMara Display, photographs of the construction of Mackinac Bridge and the camera used to take the images, will be installed in time for the conference.
Saturday is another full day with presentations and the premier of recently-digitized Argus films in the morning followed by lunch and discussions with former Argus employees and members of their families. (If you know former Argus employees, or those whose parents were employed by the company, please let them know of the luncheon.) The group then heads to the privately-owned Macon Creek Mill for a tour and photo-ops. The Banquet, catered by The Movable Feast, will also be held at the mill which will include awards, the results of the photography competition and an auction to benefit the Argus Museum.
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. Plenty of camera equipment, vintage photographs and postcards and other photo-related items will be for sale and deals are to be had!
Please join us for any one event or for the entire conference! The group, which includes collectors, historians, photographers and community members, is welcoming and the conference informal. Registration is required for the luncheon, field trips and the banquet; registration is requested for all other events. The registration form is available here: http://washtenawhistory.org/images/2016_argus_conference_registration_form-1.pdf
For additional information for the conference, and other events and projects, and for volunteer opportunities, please contact Cheryl Chidester at: email@example.com or 734-769-0770. Visit the museum’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Argus-Museum/513899468693713 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: 22 September 2016