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Photography Collections That Bring History to Life — Lorenzo Lorain and Images of the Oregon Coast, 1857–1861

March 8 @ 12:00 pm CST

Sponsored by The Caxton Club

Lieutenant Lorenzo Lorain is remembered in part by some historians as the first officer from Oregon to be wounded in the Civil War. But we’ll be learning about another, unique first. Lorain undertook to photograph Native peoples who lived along the Oregon coast. The images he made between 1857 and 1861 provide a remarkable record of Coos, Lowe, Umpqua, Siuslaw, Modoc, and Klamath individuals — a record that helps bring vital history to life. Photographic collections are carefully nurtured in libraries, museums, and historical societies. Our speaker, Megan Friedel, will reach behind the exhibit glass we usually have to peer through to show and tell a remarkable tale.

Friedel serves as Head of Collections Management and Stewardship for Rare & Distinctive Collections at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is also an Assistant Professor and oversees the library’s archival collections. She will be drawing on her research into the photographic history of the 19th Century of the American West.

She was graduated from Amherst College and earned dual degrees at Simmons College, taking an MA in history and an MLIS.

No need to get on a plane to leave the plains and journey west. Book your reservation today!

Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Register here: https://caxtonclub.org/event-5615361

Zoom begins at 12:00PM CT/1:00 PM ET. Preregistration required via website.


March 8
12:00 pm CST
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