A local Murfreesboro family business celebrates 75-years of memories. Shacklett's Photography, on the east side of the historic square, invites the community to join them for a 1940's era street dance from 5:00 to 7:00 Friday evening, September 14th. Saturday, September 15th, brings a reception from 9:00 in the morning until 1:00 that afternoon next door at Pa Bunk's. Renaissance Revival will offer a concert from 11:00AM until noon that morning. Plus, there's a historic photo exhibit both days at Shacklett's Photography at 105 South Church Street.
Back in 1935, Claude Shacklett walked into Leo Ferrell’s Photography shop and asked if there was anything he could do. Mr. Ferrell offered him a job processing roll film. Sometime between 1936 and 37, at the age of 16, Shacklett became a local photographer creating and documenting some of the most formidable images of Rutherford County of the 1930’s and 1940’s. By 1938, he was an independent businessman operating out of the old James K. Polk Hotel building. Richard (“Dick”) Claude Shacklett, a man of many talents, was known to his legions of friends as a man for all seasons. His spirit for recording the history for future generations has become the mission of Shacklett’s Photography 75 years later.
Family Tradition Continues
Dick and Ginny passed the love of community history and photography on to their children. In 1989, son, Bill Shacklett and daughter, Gloria Christy officially took Shacklett’s Photography over from their parents. The local family business has become an integral part of the community creating some of the finest portraits in photographic imaging. In addition, Shacklett’s Photography offers premium photographic copy and restoration of old family photographs along with creating works of art to preserve memories for generations to come.
As well as the commitment to creating and preserving images, Shacklett’s Photography continues to be on the cutting edge of technology with fresh 21st century innovation. Both Bill and Gloria have continued the tradition left by their parents which has always been placing customer service as a number one priority.
Preserve Old Movies Before They Die
In 1999, Tom Christy, Gloria's husband, joined the Shacklett’s Photography team to share his graphic and media skills. Christy said, "Most of today's family movies are on video tape. People don't realize it, but those tapes are decaying and fading more quickly than photos." Shacklett’s Photography offers complete media recovery services of photos, slides, video, and movie film.
Gloria’s sons, Ben and Will have come into the business. Ben, offering his skills as a graphic artist, and Will, as the financial and business manager.
In 2007, Shacklett’s Photography was honored as the Downtown Business of the Year and in 2008, Bill Shacklett was honored as the Business Person of the Year by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. Continuing the legacy of Dick and Ginny Shacklett, the mission of Shacklett’s Photography is to create and preserve the best in imaging for our community for future generations.
Be A Part Of The Historic Celebration
Join Shacklett’s Photography at the 75th Birthday celebration at the studio on the square, Friday evening, September 14th from 5-7pm. During that time Friday evening, National Dance Clubs of America will dance to the warm, orchestral sounds of the Ginny and Shack era (World War II).
On Saturday, September 15th, from 9AM to noon there will be a Birthday Celebration Podcast and reception at Paw Bunk’s. Plus, the Renaissance Revival will be in concert from 11:00 to noon Saturday morning on the Square.
Historic photos and portraits will be exhibited in Shacklett's Photography's studio on the east side of the square on both days.
For more information, visit their website: www.shacklettsphotography,com, Facebook/shacklettsphotography, or phone 615-893-2369.