Josephy planning historical photo exhibit

This shot of the 1916 dam at Wallowa Lake is an example of the type of photography Josephy Center is seeking for an exhibition in February.

Plans are in the works for a exhibit of historic photos of the Wallowa Country in January and February. “We are asking local residents and people living elsewhere with family, work and play memories of the Wallowas to dig deep into attics and old trunks for historic photos,” said coordinator Rich Wandschneider. “We will then scan your photos and give you a thumb-drive full of digital images that you can share with family and friends across the world.”

The prep work will be done on an appointment basis in October, with museum and history center representatives on hand to answer questions about the images.

“We will do all of this — without charge — in exchange for the opportunity to use some of your photos for our exhibit,” Wandschneider added.

The cutoff date for this exhibit is 1941 — the beginning of World War II.

The Josephy Center is cooperating with the Wallowa County Museum, the Wallowa History Center, the Chieftain and other organizations to produce the exhibit.

Typical contributions might be an original of a photo reprinted in one of the Wallowa history books or in the Chieftain or another newspaper. Maybe it’s an album that has been hidden in a cabinet or a photo in plain sight on a wall that has not been shared.

In an initial planning meeting, Josephy wondered about photos of family, work, play, school, special events and places.

Are there photos of boxing matches at the head of the Lake? The lake tour boats? Early Eagle Cap Ski Club excursions? Hay derricks and feeding off sleds? Indians working the hay and grain harvests?

Is there a picture of Albert Hester, the geologist-recluse on the Grande Ronde who wore women’s clothing and a long gray beard.

“We know that hundreds of photos are out there — does anyone have a trove of work by early photographers like Reavis and Juve?” Wandschneider added.

Call Wandschneider at the Josephy Center 541-432-0505, or email to schedule an appointment to bring photos in for scanning. Appointment dates will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13 and Tuesday through Thursday, October 16-18.

In November and December curators will sift through the treasures shared by the public, and in January, 2019, 50-75 of them will go on the wall at the Josephy Center. Any of photos chosen will be enlarged, mounted and given to the owners after the show.

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