Listen to an interview with curator, Sue Scott, about the exhibit.
September 20 - December 30, 2011
Shared Images: Recording and Collecting a Visual History examined our inherent need to collect a visual record and the important role it plays in preserving and knowing history. The exhibit included a wide range of photographs, maps, graphics and artwork that date from mid 1800s to the 1980s. The museum’s camera collection was also on display, showing the dramatic change in the tools used to record visual history.
By exploring visual documentation and the tools that have been used for over 150 years, it is possible to illustrate photography’s role in collecting history. The exhibit included examples of various photographic formats like cabinet cards, scrapbooks, photo albums, films and video that have all contributed to recording and preserving significant events and places. The current trend of using file-sharing media, like facebook, affirms the primary place visual information plays in our lives.
Through a close examination of what is depicted in each image, it is possible to recount a personal story as well as find reoccurring themes occurring throughout time. The exhibit was organized by some of these common themes including community celebrations, rights of passage starting with baby pictures to wedding photographs, places, and even conflicts like wartimes. These subjects, when examined as a whole, reflect the history of a region and provide a visual entry to understanding our collective past.
Behind every camera there is a person selecting what is recorded. The region has had some long-time photographers such as Laura Gaites as well as others who recorded significant moments in our local history, such as Peterson’s opportunity to photograph Abraham Lincoln in August of 1858. The exhibit draws from the museum’s collection of photographs showcasing the work of the area’s talented photographers.
Assistants with research for the exhibit from Michael Kolar and Dirk Yarker. Installation assistance from John Cox, Lowell Lueck, and Karen Mencel.
To accompany the exhibit, Michael Kolar, a volunteer at the museum, and the museum's VISTA, Lottie Phillips, have developed an outreach program that can be taken to local assisted living centers and clubs, bringing the current exhibit to those who cannot come to the museum. The presentation includes details about the different photographic processes and a look at a few of the local photographers and their work. To schedule an program contact Lottie at email@example.com.
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January 22 - April 20, 2013
Made in McDonough County
October 19 - December 29, 2012
Legacy of Learning: A History of Our Schools
June 23 - September 22, 2012
Home Front: Life During the Civil War
February 7 - May 26, 2012
Shared Images: Recording and Collecting a Visual History
September 20 - December 30, 2011
Connectedness: A History of Women's Clubs
April 26 - August 13, 2011
Fishin', Huntin' & Braggin
January 4 - March 26, 2011
October 23 - December 4, 2010
May 15 - September 11, 2010
December 22, 2009 - April 24, 2010
September 1 through November 21, 2009
June - August 8, 2008
February 12 - May 2, 2009
January 16 - January 17, 2009
September 4 - November 15, 2008
From Here to There: Transportation in Western Illinois
June 3 - August 2, 2008
Uniforms, Soldiers & Allies: The Western Illinois Experience During World War II
January 1- April 1, 2008
Advertising Art of the Late 19th Century: The Dr. Lindsay Ma Collection
February 6 - March 21, 2007
Music, Music, Music
June - July 2007
Colchester: 150 Years
August 25 - November 17, 2007
August 22 - November 25, 2006
April 8, 2006
December 2, 2005 - February 28, 2006
August 9 - November 2005
March 6 - July 2005
Toys, Toys, Toys: From All Ages, For All Ages
December, 2004 - January 29, 2005
Veterinary Medicine: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow; All Creatures Great & Small
February 21 - June 30, 2004
Western Illinois University: Then and Now
April 19 - August 1, 2003
Civil War at Home and on the Battlefield
April 10, 2003