Here is a brief history of the highlights of the Twin City Camera Club





What do all of these things have in common?

The board game Monopoly is invented.

The chocolate chip cookie is invented.

"The Lone Ranger" premiers on the radio.

Congress passes the first federal minimum wage law in the United States: 33 cents per hour.

Prohibition is repealed.

Century of Progress World's Fair opens in Chicago.

Twin City Camera Club established.



They all happened in 1933





1933            The Twin City Camera Club was founded in the fall of 1933 by Six men.  The meetings were held at the St. Joseph Fire Department.

1935 - 45    Sponsor of the Blossom Festival Salon of Photography.

1937            Publication of a newsletter the "View Finder" was initiated.

1942            First Slide Competition.

1948            Travel & Adventure Series launched with Harold Cawthorne as Chairman.  The programs were held in the Benton Harbor High School auditorium.

1950            First Print and Slide of the Year Contests.

1951            Twin City Camera Club is incorporated.

1955            Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs formed.

                      Travel & Adventure Series expanded to two shows.

1959            Building on Elm Street purchased.

1960            Remodeling completed and the new clubhouse occupied.  Travel & Adventure Series travelogues moved to the recently constructed St. Joseph High School auditorium.

1961            LaVerne Andrews assumes Travel & Adventure Series Chairmanship.

1969            Darkroom established.

1970            Richard Lyon assumes Travel & Adventure Series Chairmanship.

1973            Man of the Year Award established.

1974            First use of dual projectors with dissolve for Slide of the Year Show.

1975            Competition Rules changed to include Color Prints made by the member.

1981            Remodeled the building including the Meeting rooms, Black & White darkroom and added a new Color darkroom.

1983            Herbert Hein assumes Travel & Adventure Series Chairmanship.

1995            Amended the Bylaws to read "Membership in the club shall be entirely voluntary on the part of the members".

2001            Ron Bonczkowski assumes Travel & Adventure Series Chairmanship.

2002            New web site unveiled for Twin City Camera Club.

                     Travel & Adventure Series ends after 53 years. 

                     Amended the Bylaws to eliminate the Travel & Adventure Chairman position and to add two (2) at-large directors to the Board of Directors.  Membership to read: Any adult engaged in photography primarily as a hobby, avocation, or for personal pleasure shall be eligible to become a member.

2003            First issue of the "ViewFinder" delivered via e-mail and posted on Twin City Camera Club web site.

2004            The Competition Divisions were amended to include Digital Slide Competition.

2010            The Competition Divisions were amended to exclude Film Slide Competition.

2010            The Twin City Camera Club Web site was awarded Third Place, Large Club category, in the 2010 PSA International Web site Competition.

2012            The Twin City Camera Club Web site was awarded First Place, Large Club category, in the 2012 PSA International Web site Competition.

2013            The Competition Divisions were amended to include Black and White Digital Slide Competition.

2016            The Twin City Camera Club Facebook group was created.







Additional History pages:

- You are Here

- Honor Roll of Presidents

- A Brief Timeline of the Technology of Photography






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