Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, The Coming of Mechanization, 1906. Courtesy of the Stanley Museum
On Thursday, February 28, 2019, historian Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Bischof will discuss the role of the photograph in understanding Maine history between 1840 and 1940. The lecture is hosted by the Old Berwick Historical Society and begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts Center at Berwick Academy in South Berwick. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.
In this richly illustrated lecture, Bischof will pay particular attention to photographs of labor, the role women photographers played in documenting and preserving the landscape and inhabitants of Maine, and the ways in which photographs help us to see that which can no longer be seen.
Bischof is the Executive Director of the Osher Map Library and the Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine, as well as Professor of History. She is the co-author, with Earle Shettleworth and Susan Danly, of Maine Photography: A History, 1840-2015. Bischof received her Ph.D. in History at Boston College.
The Counting House Museum is currently closed for the season, though appointments can be requested. The museum is open June - October on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm - 4pm. The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2019 lectures are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors.