In 1892, artistic photographer Ard G. Emery established a studio and gallery business in a bustling East Tawas community overlooking Lake Huron on the sunrise side of Iosco County, Michigan. For 12 years, Emery captured the culture and history of the area through his camera lens. His collodion glass negatives celebrated personal triumphs, honored the strength of the working man, and saluted the candidness of the young. Emery used the most modern techniques and finest materials, but he was fascinated by the ordinary.
Emery often journeyed with his travelling studio to the countryside to photograph everyday life of normal people. Zealous about his craft, Emery not only preserved days gone by, but he also preserved his own spirit--one that will be forever remembered in Iosco County. Huron Shores Genealogical Society members compiled the finest photographs and stories from Emery's collection for Iosco County: The photography of Ard. G Emery 1892-1904.
As a group of historians, archivists and genealogists, they hope to enlighten readers about a place where family and friends have lived, worked and played. Appropriately, H. Roger Miller, a great-great nephew of Ard. G Emery, has written a foreword to honor a great uncle he never knew but still deeply admires.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to pay a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.