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ACG Ann Arbor Fall Conference

The 2019 Argus Collectors Group/Argus Museum Ann Arbor Fall Conference

For a schedule of events and to register, please view the PDF at this link.  If you would prefer to email a registration form, this link will direct you to a fillable Microsoft Word form.

More information is available on the WCHS website: http://washtenawhistory.org/, and on the Argus Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArgusMuseum/. For additional information about the conference and the Argus Museum, you can also contact Cheryl Chidester at cchidester@onealconstruction.com or 734-769-0770.

If you plan to attend, please fill out the registration form above and email it to cchidester@onealconstruction.com.

Have you heard – the Argus Museum is again hosting the ACG/Argus Museum Conference October 17-20, 2019?  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. And…Camera Mall,   an Ann Arbor independent camera store that offers a wide variety of services, will have a presence in this year’s event! There’s a lot to this conference – read on to find out more about the event that is sure to be one that you don’t want to miss.

The conference opens on Thursday evening with the photography exhibition “Through a Russian Lens”.  Journalist and photographer Tamar Charney surprised herself a few years ago by ordering a plastic Soviet camera online. For months she set aside her DSLR to look at her life through a Russian lens and saw shadows of her cold war childhood in the cameras low fi images. Mingle and meet while enjoying the Argus Museum, the photography exhibit and appetizers and beverages.     
Friday morning of the conference (October 18), begins with a behind-the-scenes look at the Washtenaw County Historical Society’s Museum on Main Street storage and workspace where a major collections inventory project is underway. After lunch, we head to the University of Michigan Museum of Art for a private, interactive tour given by UMMA’s photography curator which will include viewing the exhibit, “Take Your Pick: Collecting Found Photographs”. Dinner is being held at the Argus Museum and generously donated by Argus Collectors Group (ACG) members. (Don’t forget to turn in your film if you’re participating in the photography contest, “My Journey to Ann Arbor. All photos must be taken with an Argus 35mm camera.) After dinner, enjoy the presentation, “T1/MkXIV Bombsight: the British-American-Sperry-Argus Story” given by ACG member, Mike Reitsma of Burlingame, CA and an expert on Argus and its military-related products.  There will be a conference-only display of the optical site head and its (very heavy) analog computer!  Because our special guests from the West Coast, Gustave Fassin’s granddaughters, Sherry da Roza and Diane McCoy, will be participating in the conference, there will be a second, conference-only display on his life and contributions in several fields, including photography and military equipment, architecture as well as the space program. A limited number of copies of the Gustave Fassin Scrapbook will be available for purchase!

Saturday is another full day! Local photographer and journalist, Tamar Cheney, will talk about her photographs on display and her work in general, ACG member, Bob Kelly (Renton, WA) will discuss Argus Dealer Price Lists, we will have Argus Museum updates, and an overview of Argy_Eyes EBay fundraising project. Former Argus employees and their families will join us for lunch and informal discussions. (If you know former Argus employees, or those whose parents were employed by the company, please let them know of the luncheon.) During lunch, there will be an Argus Exchange – conference attendees will exclusively have the opportunity to exchange/purchase/gift their Argus equipment. We then head to Northville’s Mill Race Village for a tour and photo opportunities before heading to Genitti’s Hole in the Wall for our Banquet and a seven-course Italian meal. After dinner, Mike Reitsma, with the assistance of Pam Buckley, will present “The Gustave Fassin Scrapbook & Origins of the Photoscopic in Belgium”. Our banquet auction features rare (and not always Argus) photography equipment and donations from local businesses including the Argus Farm Stop, Hollander’s, Camera Mall and the Standard Bistro and Larder. Awards and prizes, including a one-of-a-kind award for the photography competition, cap the evening’s festivities.

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. (Conference attendees are eligible for a discounted entry fee.)  Plenty of camera equipment, vintage photographs and postcards and other photo-related items will be for sale and deals are to be had!

This event brings together collectors, historians, photographers and 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: cchidester@onealconstruction.com or 734-769-0770.  You can also find out more about the conference and updates at: http://washtenawhistory.org/index.php?section=sites&content=argus_museum and on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Argus-Museum-513899468693713/.  Registration forms are available at:


We hope to see you in Ann Arbor in October!