For the past five months, I’ve been doing an internship with Camp Alleghany, mostly working with Elizabeth Shreckhise on historical photographic record keeping.
Previously there have been lots of scrapbooks of pictures from over the past nearly 100 years of the camp’s life. Sadly, the photos haven’t been in the best condition, but they are salvageable if we act quickly to digitize them as a back up against the kind of decay (acid, wear and tear, loss, age) that can doom printed snap shots.
What I’ve been doing since then is uploading all of the photos onto my computer and sorting them into albums that are also arranged by decades. These albums have then been printed out and taken to recruiting events, reunions, and other happenings (including being on-site at camp this coming summer.)
It’s actually really, really fun, looking through all of the pictures.
A few weeks ago, I was working on an album for the 1920s and could’ve sworn I found doppelgangers of some of my friends at camp! And just looking at how things have changed over time is amazing; there are pictures of things like the Honor Tent, the hand-pushed wooden barge, and lots and lots of horseback riding.
The missing years
Each month Elizabeth and I have a meeting where we go over the album and discuss where we are in the internship year as far as getting the ten decades completed. Well, I have completed albums from the 1920s to the 1950s, and had been working on the ’60s and ’70s, when I realized there weren’t a lot of pictures. Elizabeth had even combined the ’60s and ’70s onto one CD because the collection of photos were so sparse.
It seemed to us like such a shame to miss out on so many photographs of camp when we know that many instamatic-carrying, polaroid-snapping, amateur photographers of both the camper and counselor stripes had to have been in action in that pre-iPhone age.
Then, Elizabeth and I had an idea. What if we reached out to the vast Camp Alleghany family and asked them to send us photos? So, this is me doing just that. If you have any photos at Camp Alleghany from the 1960s and later, please send them to Elizabeth via e-mail and she’ll get them to me.
Thank you so much in advance ‘Ghany Girls, former staff, parents, and Green Teamers!
–Chloë Cook, Alum, Junior Counselor and Intern, Camp Alleghany for Girls