Learn about early photographic
portraits and Connecticut female photographers
March, The Barnum Museum is offering programs to help us understand the history
of early photography and how to identify the techniques and other clues that help
us date old photographs of our ancestors. Please be advised to check this website
should weather concerns arise. Snow dates for each program will be posted on the
Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m.
in Kimono , Photo by Harriet V. S. Thorne, ca. 1900.
celebration of Women's History Month, The Barnum Museum will offer a program Through
a Different Lens: 19th Century Women Photographers in Connecticut. The
illustrated talk will be presented by Tasha Caswell, and will feature Bridgeport
photographer Harriet V.S. Thorne. Thorne is one of the three women photographers
in the Connecticut Historical Society's current exhibition, Through a Different
Lens. $5 Donation.
In the late nineteenth
century, a time when it was rare for a woman to be a photographer, Thorne had
a studio and darkroom in the Black Rock area of Bridgeport. The intimate portraits
she made of her wealthy family and friends depict a Gilded Age lifestyle that
is long gone. She was full of surprises, too. Among her carefully posed portraits
there are images that capture spontaneous moments, as well as photographs of African-Americans
and members of the Seminole tribe in Florida. ...
In 2014, the Museum will be collaborating
with acclaimed exhibit designers, BRC Imagination Arts, to re-envision
the historic Barnum Museum. Known throughout the Museum world as "master
storytellers in the field," BRC's extraordinary artists have created award
winning museums including the prestigious Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum.
I cannot think of a better way to honor Mr. Barnum's grand legacy than working
with BRC on a new and exciting vision for our future, and I invite you to join
us in the creation of this 'new' Barnum Museum!
help fund this exciting project, we are reaching out to our friends to share in
this exciting time. Your support will help us ensure that an innovative and wondrous
attraction emerges from this process, and "The Barnum" once again stands
as a beacon of inspiration to all who visit. With your support, 2014 will be a
year full of creative possibilities for us. As it embraces its historic past and
explores new and innovative methods of sharing Barnum's stories for future patrons,
the Museum is poised to become one of Connecticut's most engaging attractions
I do hope you will consider making a
contribution toward The Barnum Museum's vision for the future. It will be a great
privilege for the Museum, and the thousands of people we serve, to have you be
a part of this extraordinary moment. Every contribution is important to make this
project a reality.
I am so grateful for your
kind support and encouragement that inspires us onward!
Noblest Art is That of Making Others Happy!" P.T. Barnum, 1889
Audio Link: State of the ARTS Interview
with Kathleen Maher, Executive Director
of The Barnum Museum
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