LOUDONVILLE –The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum celebrated the opening of its new summer exhibit July 14 with over 100 members and special guests attending a private reception.

The exhibit, titled "A History of Photography," reflects on the history of the field from daguerreotypes to the digital revolution, including developments in camera technology, film processing, and how the evolution of photography has impacted society. The museum has over 50 cameras on display and the exhibit will be open to the public with free admission from July 16 thru the last day of the Loudonville Street Fair on Oct. 6.

The guest curator of the exhibit, Marissa Hamm, is a College of Wooster APEX Intern who has spent the last eight weeks working at the CRF Museum. Hamm is a senior history major at the College of Wooster with an interest in museum studies and local history. During her internship at the museum, Hamm spent time giving tours, working with archival material, and curating the photography exhibit. "My time at the CRF Museum has given me invaluable experience and insight into how a local history museum functions," said Hamm, "and I am thankful they allowed me the opportunity to curate my own exhibit."

The idea for the exhibit came to Hamm after working with archival photographs in the museum. "I thought about the hundreds of photographs that the museum has and how ubiquitous photography is in our society, and I thought to myself, why not put the history of this art form on display?" said Hamm. Although the museum had fewer cameras than Hamm initially hoped, many members and friends generously loaned equipment to make the exhibit a reality.