Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

By Katelin Carroll
Staff Reporter 

Lewis County Museum of Natural History introduces new, rotating exhibit


April 29, 2021

A Kodak Duaflex III was one of the many cameras owned by Clyde and Opal Hinson. They were in production from 1947 until 1950 in the United States. The Kodak Duaflex line was one of the first that effectively prevented double exposure, or turning two photographs into one.

Clyde and Opal Hinson (whose maiden name was McClarean) made their living shooting photography at their home on Cedar Street here in Hohenwald during the World War II era.

The Hinsons were mainly interested in portrait photography, shooting for families, individuals, and even soldiers who went off to war.

"Once we got involved in World War II, a lot of families wanted pictures of their soldiers before they went off to war, so families would bring their sons over to Mom and Dad to have their pictures made," said Ken Hinson, son of Opal and Clyde.

Ken loaned his parents' photography equipment to the Lewis County Museum of Natural History to kick off the start of the Museum's rotating exhibits, set to change every six months.

Clyde and Opal's display was organized by DeAnna Darden-Carroll and Blake Farr. The propaganda and informational leaflets were found by Michael and Andrea Fay, friends of Ken Hinson.

The new display consists of Clyde and Opal's antique cameras and equipment, processing machines and propaganda.

Ken Hinson, son of Clyde and Opal Hinson, sat in front of their picture, proud to have their equipment on display.

"By rotating exhibits, we will be able to showcase more pieces of Lewis County history, as well as individual's private collections," said DeAnna Darden-Carroll, President of Hohenwald's Historical Society, "With limited space in the Museum, this is a way people can learn more about our county and its residents."

So grab your keys and take a friend to the museum to see a piece of Hohenwald's history before it's too late! The Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

If you have an item or a collection relating to Lewis County's History that you would like to have on display at the Museum, please contact the Lewis County Historical Society at [email protected], or leave a message at (931)628-0679.

The exhibits can include communties, businesses, people, groups, families or any topic pertaining to the county and other private collections, said Darden-Carroll.

Information on the exhibits will be posted on the Lewis County TN Historical Society FaceBook page, and on Lewis County/Hohenwald Heritage and History page.


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