Girl Scouts Chronicle Photography Technology

BEMUS POINT – Two area Girl Scout Cadettes have put together a detailed photography technology display.

Hope Marshall, a sixth grader at Maple Grove, and Courtney Jung, a seventh grader at Maple Grove, put the display together at the Bemus Point Elementary School with the help of the Bemus Point Historical Society. The project, which chronicles the changing technology in photography equipment since 1725, will help the girls move toward earning their Girl Scout Silver Awards.

According to Fletcher Ward, Bemus Point Historical Society president, Marshall and Jung set up the display independently after the topic was chosen.

“We jointly came up with the photography idea for the project- it fit,” Ward said.

Ward also said that the project gives the public an opportunity to see equipment they would not see otherwise, including a Vidacon camera that was used to document a Voyager space flight.

According to Marshall, the most interesting part of the project was learning the history of how photography equipment progressed.

“We made sure to display the oldest equipment to the newest equipment accurately,” Marshall said.

Jung said that arranging the display so that smaller children could accurately view it was the biggest challenge.

“It was interesting to see the progressions and enhancements of the equipment,” Jung said.

According to Heidi Marshall, Bemus Point Girl Scout Cadette Troop 20294 leader, the Silver Award is a step below the Gold Award. The Gold Award is equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Scout Award.

Marshall has been the Bemus Point Troop leader for five years.

Fifty community service project hours are required to attain the Silver Award. Currently, Marshall and Jung have earned 25 hours each from the photography project.

“The girls did all the research and written work themselves,” Marshall said. “The projects are a huge commitment.”

According to Ward, Marshall and Jung will continue working toward their Silver Awards by helping the historical society accession new pieces into the society’s archives.

The photography display will be available for viewing at the Bemus Point Elementary School until May 23. At that time, it will be transferred to the Bemus Point Historical Society, located at 13 Albertus Ave. Beginning May 24, the display can be viewed during the society’s open house events on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Ward, several individuals have donated and lent photography items to benefit the display, including Carol and Mike Rodgers, Mary Jane Stahley, Charles Pegan, Chuck McDonnell of Unique Sales and Antiques and Leonard and Kim Snyder.

“I know that the work the girls are engaged in with us is planting a seed – a seed which I have confidence will help them grow roots as individuals and will help our community blossom,” Ward said.

The Bemus Point Elementary School is located at 41 Liberty St.