No man did more to create a pictorial record of Chautauqua County in the mid-20th century than John Oliver Bowman. Nothing escaped his lens: landscapes, architecture, scenic lake views, even life on local farms. Eighteen photographs taken by Bowman have been put on display in the conference room of the Gerace Office Building in Mayville. According to Michelle Henry, County Historian, "The County's Human Resources Department contacted me about artwork for the room. It is used by the public at least 26 Saturdays a year for civil service testing, and it is used daily by various county departments for meetings and training. I immediately thought of the Bowman photographs because they so beautifully depict Chautauqua County."