If you grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, your childhood was recorded on 8 mm film or Super 8 film... and if you're like most people, you haven't looked at those home movies for years. Even if you have a projector, who wants to haul it out, set up a screen and run those short reels in the dark?
You don't have to go through all that work, if you transfer your movies to DVDs. Our friends at the Peggy Kelly Media Arts Studio at the Edina Art Center can help you get your movies out of storage and onto your TV and computer screen. The Studio is open to the public for do-it-yourself media projects. You don't even need to take a class; staff will get you started and are available to answer questions along the way. In an hour or two (depending on much film you have), you can have your entire movie collection transferred to DVD.
Appointments are required. For more information and fee schedules, call 952-903-5782.
The Art Center recently helped us transfer some home movies of Nancy Carlson, featured in our "Growing Up in Edina" exhibit. The movies tell more than the history of her family - Christmas mornings, birthday parties, summers at a lake cabin -- they also tell the history of Edina. The film shows images of her newly built Chowen Circle neighborhood in the 1950s and 1960s, swimming at the new Edina pool, climbing onto the school bus on the first day of school, and skating lessons at Pamela Park (below).
Nancy recalls that she was about 7 years old in this circa 1960 film. She is seen leading the line of skaters in a tan skirt and red sweater.
I want to note that the full-size video looks much better in real life. Blame me for any quality issues; I'm just learning how to upload and edit photos to the web. I hope to get better with practice, as I hope to upload more images from our "video vault" in the coming months.
Do you have old film gathering dust in a closet? Transfer those movies and you might be surprised at what you find. If you see anything that tells Edina's history, please consider sharing a copy with us.
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