Those who miss the magical feeling of having special photograph commemorate a moment you want to remember forever will enjoy stepping into the Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS’s) You Are There 1904: Picture This, which opens to the public Oct. 29, 2013, and will be available until Feb. 2, 2015. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
You Are There experiences are three-dimensionally recreated historic photographs that include trained costumed actors who interact with visitors and elicit personal connections to the past, allowing visitors to step back in time and become part of that history. The authenticity of the recreations hinge on not just the development of the physical space, but also on the real-life characters who could really have been present in that particular place at the time the photograph was taken.
Picture This guests will find themselves inside the Fort Wayne studio of Charles Miner, who enjoyed a thriving business at 121 W. Wayne St. in downtown Fort Wayne and participated in monumental moments in the lives of others. His portraits connected to life events such as weddings, dance recitals, career milestones and more would be passed down to future generations.
Inside Miner’s Studio, visitors may meet his cousin and office manager, Stella Miner, and his assistant, John D. Albrecht, who will help take that perfect photograph. Learn the photographic process in this turn-of-the-century studio, where Miner is using the latest techniques in portraiture. You may also run into Fort Wayne residents such as new bride Maude Koch, local undertaker James Peltier or a member of the Fort Wayne Railroaders baseball team, Frank “Flossie” Oberlin.
This exciting new You Are There experience explores the changes in photographic technology since the days of Miner’s Studio through today. Look at the evolution of photography with a timeline of cameras from Miner’s era through today. Explore a collection of studio images from the IHS collection, all of which survive and help us understand stories of the past thanks to the work of photographers just like Charles Miner who operated similar studios across the state.
Charles Miner really will take guests’ photographs, and guests will receive instructions on how to download their pictures after their visit, play online with custom-made software and morph their images into a vintage photograph to share with friends and family.
You Are There 1904: Picture This is presented by Stan and Sandy Hurt. For information on IHS or the Indiana Experience, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org
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