WWII reenactors at the Scottsville Museum in Virginia
WWII reenactors at the Scottsville Museum
Scottsville, Virginia
April, 2009

My mother is the president of the Scottsville Museum in Virginia, which is a local history museum near Charlottesville. My whole family contributes to the museum. My father designs exhibits, gives presentations, and does general maintenance on the building and its grounds. Mike contributes his technology skills by helping with the website and presentations. I use my instructional design background to create the exhibit posters each year. My mom does, well, almost everything else for this museum.

Last week the museum had its annual exhibit opening celebration. Mike and I traveled in from Colorado for it, and lots of people attended to see the latest exhibit about Scottsville’s contributions to the second World War. Congrats on a great exhibit, Mom!

Scottsville Museum in Scottsville, Virginia

Scottsville Museum
Some of the posters I created


My dad

Scottsville Museum

Telegraph
This woman’s grandmother sent telegraphs for a living, and she was teaching her son how to do Morse code.


Lots of WWII vets, widows, and family members attended.


Watching a digital photo slideshow


My dad gave part of the introductory presentation, delivering the story of the man in the photo behind him.


This widow was reading a book about her husband’s military service. There are four generations of their family in this photo.


I like how the life-size little girl in the background mirrors the present day.


My parents at the end of the day.

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This is awesome! I love these…especially of the paratrooper. I’m just starting to get involved in WWII reenacting (I do Renaissance and just tried Civil War last weekend) and I’m a big Band of Brothers geek! I hope one day I’ll get the opportunity to visit this museum. What a wonderful thing your family does!

These are just wonderful.

What I especially appreciate is that the fact that these people are telling their stories didn’t get left out of the story that you’re telling with your pictures.

There are so many neat things in your photos I don’t know where to begin…I love your multi-generational photos for starters. Is there are a reason so many people are in teal? It’s a beautiful color and looks so great in your photos.

Also, congratulations on your piece in PDN!

There are so many neat things in your photos I don’t know where to begin…I love your multi-generational photos for starters. Is there are a reason so many people are in teal? It’s a beautiful color and looks so great in your photos.

Also, congratulations on your piece in PDN!

I remember pictures from the museum from last year (I think it was last year). I really enjoyed them then, and I enjoyed these ones, too. My grandfather was a Navy pilot instructor during WWII, and my grandmother was a code-breaker in the SPARs (the women’s version of the Coast Guard).

Charlotte Geary

CHARLOTTE GEARY

I photograph fascinating people, and I teach other people how to do it, too.

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