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Putnam Photo Shoot

A "community photo shoot" will be held this weekend at the Putnam Museum in Davenport. Friday through Sunday a photographer will take individual photos of local residents for a portrait of the Quad Cities.

Putnam president and ceo Kim Findlay says the community portrait, to be put up on the walls of the theater lobby, will help the Putnam celebrate its 150th anniversary. 

"People think museums are about stuff - objects and artifacts. But museums are really about people and it's the stories those artifacts tell. So let's do this commemoration about the people of our community."

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Photographer Tom Skyrkowicz at work.

Each person is asked to hold something that means a lot to them or somehow represents history, culture, or science. Objects so far include family heirlooms, and an iPhone. 

Photographer Tom Styrkowicz takes black and white pictures of people, against a white background.

"We've found the plain white background simplifies it and it focuses on the people. The black and white also kind of takes away the fashion aspect of it, or two people together and they're wearing clothes that don't go together."

This is the 8th community portrait he's done at various museums across the country.

For anyone who'd like to participate, it takes just 5 minutes, and will be open from noon until 4 pm, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.