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2008 The Twin City Camera Club is Celebrating a 75th Anniversary
The Twin City Camera Club, one of the oldest camera club organizations in the state of Michigan, is pleased to announce that 2008 is our 75th year, a Diamond Anniversary. In the Fall of 1933, six progressive thinking individuals got together and founded the Twin City Camera Club. Meetings were first held at the St. Joseph Fire Department, then above Gillespie's Drug Store, before the purchase of our own building in 1959, at 521 Elm Street, downtown St. Joseph, Michigan.
From six men using black and white film, box cameras, darkrooms and enlargers, to over 80 men and women using film cameras, digital cameras, computers, scanners and inkjet printers, there have been a lot of changes over the years. One thing that hasn't changed is the purpose of the club. Now, just as it was then, the purpose is to encourage and develop an interest in photography. That is something we truly enjoy doing. It's all about photography and having fun.
Throughout our club's history, wonderful and dedicated member volunteers gave of themselves in so many ways to keep the Twin City Camera Club one of the finest in the state. Among the many civic and charitable activities TCCC has undertaken include providing: photographic services to many organizations and the Berrien County Youth Fair, framed prints for display at Lakeland Regional Health Center, photographic books and equipment to local schools and libraries and free multi-media presentations to groups and organizations, featuring our annual award winning slide shows.
TCCC sponsored an International Photography Competition, the Blossom Festival Salon of Photography from 1935 to 1945. We also hosted the Travel & Adventure Series travelogues from 1948 until 2002, first held in the Benton Harbor High School auditorium and moved in 1960 into the newly constructed St. Joseph High School auditorium. We continue to support places of local interest and events in Southwest Michigan. We have a wide range of activities for all skill levels that include, conducting monthly photo competitions, workshops and educational programs, along with taking the occasional field trip, all with one interest in mind...photography.
It's been an honor and a privilege keeping the interest in photography alive and exciting in our communities these past 75 years and we hope to continue for at least another 75.
Ken McKeown, President
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