LOUDONVILLE — Marissa Hamm reviewed her experiences as a summer intern at the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum in Loudonville for the Rotary Club of Loudonville at its Thursday, Aug. 30 meeting.
Hamm, a history major at the College of Wooster, said her eight-week summer experience was "an outstanding opportunity for someone entering the museum field."
"My primary responsibilities were to curate the museum and serve as a tour guide," said Hamm, who is from Strongsville. "I appreciated the people who came to visit the museum, with every one of them offering a new piece of history, a thing of value they shared."
One of the reasons Hamm said the experience was valuable was "because in a smaller museum, I got to do everything, including writing grants. Smaller museums like Loudonville's need grants to maintain quality. This museum has been very successful in winning grants that enhance operations."
Hamm said early in her experience Museum Curator Kenny Libben, her boss, said she could curate her own exhibit, if she wished.
"That is a tremendous opportunity," she said. "But deciding what to make the exhibit about was a problem."
She decided to do something on photography, as between her contacts and the museum's, she assembled a collection of 200 cameras.
"Ultimately, we broadened the display of cameras into an exhibit on the history of photography," she said. The exhibit included a historical timeline on the science, which for the most part has evolved only in the past 200 years.
She traced developments in photography, which was created early in the 19th century. Highlights included the development of film around 1850; of the inexpensive Brownie camera by George Eastman, founder of the Eastman-Kodak Company, around the turn of the 20th century; of color photography in 1935; color film in 1942; the instant Polaroid Land Camera in 1937; and digital photography, invented in the 1970s but not really functional until the mid-to-late 90s.
Hamm set up the exhibit in early July, opening it at a museum open house in mid-July. The museum will remain open to the public and Hamm's photography exhibit on display through Oct. 6.
The museum will be open during the Loudonville Fair.
Rotary Member Brian Hartzell contributed his collection of historic photographs for Hamm's exhibit. He arranged the program and introduced the speaker.
Rotarians began planning for their next major fundraiser, selling Swiss cheese and trail bologna and the Malabar Farm Heritage Days, which are Sept. 28-29.
President Tom Fish announced the club has authorized the following donations: $1,000 to the Drug Free Club of America, Loudonville chapter; $250 to the Redbird Resilient movement; $135 to help sponsor basketball game coverage on WZLP radio; and $100 each to the Loudonville-Perrysville Music, Academic and Athletic Boosters.
In another bit of happy Rotary news, John Carroll, chairman of the annual OSU raffle ticket program, reported that every ticket for this year's raffle, 200, has been sold.