History of Photography in Iowa

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Please join us in the Senate Chamber at Old Capitol at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018, to hear a lecture on the History of Photography in Iowa, showcasing many images from the collections of the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Old Capitol Museum, in conjunction with the Department of History and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will host a lecture by CLAS Alumni Fellow Mary Bennett (BA '76, MA ’85, History), Special Collections Coordinator at the State Historical Society of Iowa—Iowa City.

Bennett's talk, "The History of Photography in Iowa," will explore the use of photography as historical evidence and how our perceptions or perspectives are altered by this imagery. By tracing the history of Iowa’s photographers, the talk will showcase both 19th and 20th century examples from the collections at the State Historical Society of Iowa.  Photographs are valuable cultural artifacts, capable of adding a new dimension to history or a more balanced interpretation as images have the power to re-create the past in visual terms and convey the human spirit behind these stories.

A contributor to the current Old Capitol Museum exhibit, Faces of Iowa Through the Early Lens, Ms. Bennett is the author of the book An Iowa Album: A Photographic History, 1860-1920, and co-author of Iowa Stereographs: Three-Dimensional Visions of the Past.

Ms. Bennett was recently selected as a College of Liberal Arts Alumni Fellow, and this public lecture is part of her associated residency in the Department of History. https://clas.uiowa.edu/events/history-photography-iowa-clas-alumni-fellow-mary-bennett-state-historical-society-iowa

The lecture is free and open to the public. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Old Capitol Museum in advance at (319) 335-0546.