Award Winning Photography by Milt Brinkman-8/31-9/30/2015 Open House-9/27/2015

Milt Brinkman art PhotoAward Winning Photography by Milt Brinkman

Please join us for a special Exhibit:
August 31st – September 30th
Open House: Sunday, September 27th 2-4pm
Museum Educational Media Center

The McLeod County Historical Society and Museum is pleased to bring you the private award winning photography collection of long time local photographer, Milt Brinkman.
Milton Arthur Brinkman opened the Brinkman Studio Photography business in the former George Jacobson building at 215 S. Main Street. On October 31st, 1948, in St. Cloud, MN he married Lydia Marie Gardner. Milt then attended New Haven School of Photography in New Haven, Connecticut. He and his wife then moved to Hutchinson and started their Photography business. Their son, John Arthur Brinkman, joined the family business in 1972.It was during this time that the couple sought out individuals and landscapes for artistic subjects for their submissions to the Minnesota Professional Photographers Association and the Professional Photographers of America. These prints went on to win many awards for the Brinkmans. After retiring from his Photography business in the 1990’s, having taken professional photos for every type of celebration, community event and program, Milt had amassed a huge photographical history of McLeod County life. He then made the decision to donate that collection to the Historical Society and Museum, where it is still being cataloged, identified and preserved today.  These photos, as a part of our museum’s archive, can be researched by our volunteers or staff and reproduced for private use. They can also be used to showcase the history of our people and communities as they changed throughout the 40+ years that the Brinkman Studio operated. We will be featuring some of Milt’s work over the next few months with an exhibit and program by Milt Brinkman in late September, 2015.  The Award winning artwork prints need to be identified. Many of the subjects are unknown, and it is Milt’s wish toreunite the photos with the people who sat for the photographs. If you can help us with any information, please contact the Museum’s Collection Manager Bev Swenson-320-587-2109 or

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