MUSEUM: Photographs document our local history

Winterfest is a celebration of our community and a fun way to enjoy, or perhaps survive, our natural surroundings and the winter season.
Jan 24, 2014

Residents of the area have come together since 1979 to sled, ski and feel a sense of kinship with neighbors. The museum’s photograph collection is full of memories of this season, from smiling children as they sled down Second Street to a dog sled race down Harbor Avenue.

One way that the museum is able to bridge the gap between past and present, as well as involve the community, is participating in Winterfest and hosting the annual photography contest.

Area residents enter the photography contest in one of two divisions, adult or youth, and select from eight categories in which to submit their photos. The museum displays the photographs for up to a month, and the public is invited to visit and view the incredible work of these local amateur photographers. A panel of local judges selects a first, second and third place in each category.

This is a way for us to celebrate, share and encourage individuals interested in capturing moments of their lives and their town.

We encourage photographers to examine their life and surroundings with curiosity — not only so that the community may enjoy an artistic event and experience, but also because the photograph collection housed at the museum is built by the community. The museum preserves and protects these memories on behalf of the public, but they are created by individuals investigating and documenting their surroundings in order to create a narrative of their experience. Sharing these images with the public and also the museum allows us to preserve a wonderful and unique lens through which to view our ever-evolving community.

So, celebrate with us and participate in these wonderful community activities that enrich both the area and the lives of the people involved.

In addition to the photography contest, local residents and out-of-town visitors have a multitude of activities to choose from, including contests like the Human Sled Race, a euchre tournament and making snow angels. Winterfest is yet another example of our community coming together and enjoying their locale. 

This year’s photography contest entries will be on display beginning with a reception at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven, from 6-8 tonight.

Consider participating in next year’s photography contest. It is a great way to explore your artistic talents and take part in the life of the Tri-Cities.

— By Kevin Geary and Meredith Meyer. Geary is the curator of education and Meyer is the registrar at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in Grand Haven.




As I said off-topically in another thread, if you have any interest in photography, or the visual arts in general, it would be well worth a half hour of your time to stop by the museum to see this years entries in the photography / poster contest. Almost 300 images were submitted and there were many, many strong photos displayed tonight at the reception. I believe they're on display now for the next month or so? I'd call and ask them to be sure, but that's what I recall reading somewhere.


They really are good - they had to be difficult to judge. I think I spotted your submission. To maintain anonymity, if your photo features ice, do not respond to this comment. If it does not feature ice, do not respond to this comment.....;-)


LOL! Actually none of my images contained ice! Although one did have some snow in it I think..... :-)

I was quite flattered to get a certificate what with the level of competition in evidence there. I used to do competitions all the time, back in the days of Kodachrome, probably 20 years ago or more, but this is the first one I've done in the last 15. I won't's nice to get a little positive feedback from your peers from time to time.

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