- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - About 100 black-and-white photographs currently line the walls of the Madison County Historical Society’s exhibit hall, all of them a tiny sliver of Anderson history.

And all captured through the camera lens of Harvey Riedel, one of the Madison County’s most prolific photographers. The exhibit shows the history of Anderson from Riedel’s point of view, mostly through his years working as a newspaper photographer for close to 40 years.

“These are just photos I had that we decided to go through,” Riedel said, scanning the photos hanging on the wall. “There’s a lot of history here.”

From famous people who visited Anderson to events that changed the landscape of the area, the photographs are a visual journey of Anderson.

On one wall is construction of the First Merchants Bank and Eisenhower Bridge, along with a couple of shots of a much younger-looking Sen. Richard Lugar celebrating the completion of the city hall building.

On another wall is a collection of famous people who have visited Anderson and some of the politicians of long ago, from Louis Armstrong to Ronald Reagan.

“The Louis Armstrong photo is my favorite shot of a person,” Riedel said. “But it’s hard to pick favorites.”

Harry Kirchenbauer, a volunteer at the historical society, said he hopes this is a trip down memory lane for a lot of Anderson residents as the city celebrates its sesquicentennial this year.

The exhibit is also a history lesson for some residents who might not have been around since the 1960s or ‘70s. The photos capture a sense of where Anderson has been and what made the city what it is today. From the proud moments of a visit from the Kennedy brothers, to the sobering reminders of photos of a bustling Delco Remy building.

Bill Knepp, one of the volunteers and a board member at the historical society, said he pored through thousands of photos with Riedel, trying to pare them down to the best.

“The hardest part of this project was deciding what photographs to use,” Knepp said. “He’s got a hell of a collection.”

Knepp said he has known Riedel for a long time, the two met in the 1950s. He said Riedel was always snapping pictures when he got a chance.

Riedel acknowledged that Knepp and Sam Mudd were the ones who made the exhibit possible.

“I took the photos, but they put all the work in,” he said.

Knepp said after about a month and a half of the current exhibit, the historical society will bring in all new pictures for people to view.

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Source: The (Anderson) Herald-Bulletin, https://bit.ly/1M6rIUz

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Information from: The Herald Bulletin, https://www.theheraldbulletin.com

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