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Exhibit Opening: Some of the People of Athens County in Black and White

Photographs by Bob Devaney

Join us as we celebrate the opening of our next exhibit, Some of the People of Athens County in Black and White, 1967-1982. The opening reception will be held on Friday, May 10 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

In 1965, Bob Devaney arrived in Athens as a student at Ohio University. After spending 1965-1968 as a musician and student at OU, he returned home to Boston, temporarily put down his guitar, and picked up a camera.

In 1974, he returned to Athens and lived in a crowded house on Pomeroy Road. He recalls that, “the house was filled with friends, laughter, and music. Rent was $70 a month, split equally between four to seven people. A cistern fed the kitchen sink and toilets, but showers were taken at Grover Center. A coal fired furnace provided heat. The barn held goats and chickens, and several cats and dogs shared the house. All over the county there were similar places filled with like-minded people. It was the age of Aquarius we all thought.”

These photos are some of the black and white shots Bob took between 1967 and 1982. Bob currently resides in California with his wife, Jane. They have two sons.


May 10 2024


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Southeast Ohio History Center
24 West State Street, Athens, Ohio, 45701

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