The Annual Argus Gathering In Ann Arbor

Press Release – 2016 ACG/Argus Museum Conference

Have you _DSC8935heard – the Argus Museum is again hosting the  ACG/Argus Museum Conference? 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. The 2016 conference is being held October 13-16. It opens on Thursday evening with the photography exhibition “Homage to the Holga” showcasing work by the Ann Arbor Area Crappy Camera Club (A3C3). According to the group: “The A3C3’s ethos has always been about ‘crappy’ cameras, and while the Holga is no longer being  manufactured, it remains the standard·bearer for crappy cameras.”

Friday’s schedule includes special viewing hours for the Washtenaw County Historical Society’s Museum on Main Street exhibit, “Community Helpers”; the project was researched and designed by area grade school children. This is followed by a tour of the Clements Library, which houses original resources for the study of American history and culture from the fifteen through the nineteenth century and is normally opened only by appointment to serious researchers. Dinner is being held at the Argus Museum and generously donated by Argus Collectors Group (ACG) members, After dinner, enjoy the presentation, “Argus in the 1950s” given by ACG member, Bob Kelly. We will look at key players, innovations 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?” is a look at the man behind the design of the Argus A – the company’s first 35mm camera. It 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!

The conference brings together collectors, historians, photographers from across the country and Canada as well as local 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: or 734-769- 0770. You can also find out more about the conference and updates at: section=sites&content=argus_museum and on our Facebook page, 513899468693713/. Registration forms are available here

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