Saturday, July 26, 2014

Old Depot sets grand re-opening

By The Herald Staff | 2/19/2014

History lovers can point their lenses toward the Old Depot next month as the museum reopens from its winter hiatus with an exhibit on Franklin County photographers.

The free grand re-opening event is set for 10 a.m. to 4 pm. March 1 at the Old Depot Museum, 135 W. Tecumseh St. The exhibit is set to feature seven innovative early photographers, including A.W. Barker, E.H. Corwin, Bert and Elmer Underwood, Gregory Smith, Maude Frink and W.H. “Dad” Martin.

History lovers can point their lenses toward the Old Depot next month as the museum reopens from its winter hiatus with an exhibit on Franklin County photographers.

The free grand re-opening event is set for 10 a.m. to 4 pm. March 1 at the Old Depot Museum, 135 W. Tecumseh St. The exhibit is set to feature seven innovative early photographers, including A.W. Barker, E.H. Corwin, Bert and Elmer Underwood, Gregory Smith, Maude Frink and W.H. “Dad” Martin.

In addition to the main exhibit, musueum staff and volunteers also plan to offer opportunities to view some of the J.B. Muecke collection of images of Franklin County from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. A few prints of these photos will be for sale, Deb Barker, Franklin Counnty Historical Society executive director, said.

Photographers from the Franklin County Shutterbugs group plan to snap pictures of visitors in the “Dad” Martin display room, which features a larger-than-life postcard into which you can place yourself. A turn-of-the-century formal “portrait studio” also is expected. The Shutterbugs plan to display some of their own work as well.

Stereocards, the products of the Underwood brothers, also will be available for viewing with original stereopticon viewers — an early version of 3-D images. Their viewers’ descendents, View Masters, also will be available.

Following the museum’s re-opening, the Old Depot’s regular hours are set at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students, and preschoolers are free. The museum also offers free admission on the second Sunday of each month.

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