Just like the big museums

This morning I followed a link from the Minnesota Historical Society e-mail newsletter to read a story on “The Amazing Journey of Herman the Duck.” A cute little story about how they photograph artifacts in their collection. We are doing the same project here at the Pope County Museum. Of course, we don’t have all the sophisticated equipment or dedicated photography space, but it is exciting to get photographs of our three-dimensional objects added to our expanding database. Someday, we can have our entire collection visible on the internet. It is a few years away, but we are working towards it. We have eleven thousand images so far counting scans of photographs in our collection!

I also found a fun post on the Minnesota Historical Society’s page about the books Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars 1861-1865. We have a set here in our library and refer to them whenever we have researchers interested in the Civil War. Prepared and Published Under the Supervision of the Board of Commissioners, it was published in the 1890s while documents were available and memories were still fresh.

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2 Responses to Just like the big museums

  1. UJVFJason says:

    Hey Ann, Jason (the Herman the Duck photographer) here. Nice to see that our blog is getting out there, plus it’s nice to hear from my hometown of Glenwood! Class of 1995 at Minnewaska Area.

    Yep, it is nice to have a studio space to photograph the large things, but the equipment isn’t much … 30 year old strobes and a 6 year old camera. You gotta make due with what you have right? Thanks again.

    • Ann says:

      Nice to hear that a hometown boy is going big things at the big museum! You must have graduated with my brother Curt.
      Maybe someday we’ll get some proper lighting, until then we shoot under the skylight or near the window – or use the on-camera flash. The results are not spectacular, but we make due with what we have and the photos are still very useful.

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