Close to one hundred of the best images from the Kelley photograph collection will be on exhibit at the Winona County History Center starting October 1 through January 8, 2012. On September 29 a special WCHS member opening will be held 5-7 p.m with refreshments. The collection documents the people, places and events of Winona County during the 1950s and 60s. Some of the Kelleys' cameras and equipment will also be on view.
Merritt “One Shot” Kelley and his sister, Harriet, photographed Winona for decades. Merritt worked for the Winona Daily News and got his nickname for his quirk of taking only one shot. The exhibit will reveal some of his tricks of the trade, not to mention his great talent. The combination worked, and the shots were amazing. From the tragedies of train wrecks and floods to the joys of Steamboat Days parades and sporting events "One Shot's" photography, as well as Harriet’s, captured funny faces, wild motion, beautiful scenery and daily life of Winonans in the mid 20th century.
The collection consists of thousands of images, both developed and in negative format. Much of the Kelley Collection was purchased through Harriet's estate auction with the generous support of donors. Unfortunately there is little information that accompanied the images. So, the Historical Society also is asking the public to help identify people and events they may recognize while touring the exhibition. A table to leave notes about the images exhibited will be set up for the duration of the show.
To learn more about the upcoming exhibits at the Winona County History Center log onto www.winonahistory.org or call 507-454-2723.