Project Description

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The Putnam Museum, in Davenport, Iowa, was celebrating its 150th anniversary, and they wanted to show how everyone was a part of their history.

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ONE by ONE Community Portrait PUTNAM 6 portraits

At the American Alliance of Museums convention in 2016 I met Kim Findley, Director of the Putnam Museum. She saw the ONE by ONE Community Portrait™ as a great way to kick off their 150th anniversary the following January. Since they were a history museum she added the idea of asking people to bring an item that was of historical significance to them.

Kim did a GREAT job of publicizing the event, because at the end of 4 hours each day (usually how long I photograph) there was still a two hour wait! I couldn’t turn people away so I kept photographing (thank you, Red Bull!) and at the end of 3 days I had photographed a total of 1246 people!

“The images are still up on our walls two years later. They are so popular that we can’t take them down!”

-Christina Kastell
Curator of History and Anthropology
Putnam Museum and Science Center

ONE by ONE Community Portrait. Putnam Museum.

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