UNION – Titled “200 for 2000,” a millennium photo project initiated and underwritten by CLIX Photographs and Savables Inc. of Crystal Lake, recently was donated to the McHenry County Historical Society Museum in Union.
Store owner and project originator Anne Nevills brought the archivally preserved photo scrapbook to the museum, where it was accepted for preservation by exhibit and collection coordinator Kira Halvey, according to a historical society news release.
In fall 1999, about 200 area photographers – amateurs, students and professionals – participated in the effort to document McHenry County at the beginning of the new century.
Twenty of the 200 photographers were professionals selected by the 200 for 2000 Committee to participate. Except for one, all the photographers shot black-and-white film.
There were four categories in which to document McHenry County life: people, landscape, business and recreation.
The goal was to record a moment in McHenry County history, representing the life diversity and changes in the county as seen by a board spectrum of people who were living it.
All the photographs will be preserved as their value in documenting the passage of time will increase as the coming years unfold, according to the release.
To contact the McHenry County Historical Society about the 200 for 2000 Millennium Photo Project or to learn about the society and its mission, call 815-923-2267 or visit mchsonline.org.