MOUNT VERNON — The early years of photography in Knox County and the people who practiced the new science will be the topic at the June 1 meeting of the Knox County Historical Society. The program will be Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 875 Harcourt Road.
The program will be presented by Kenyon College faculty members Tom Stamp and Dr. Tom Greenslade, as well as museum director Jim Gibson. Greenslade served on Kenyon’s physics department faculty from 1964 to 2002, and part-time more recently. He will speak about the early development of photography and the contributions of Kenyon’s Hamilton Smith and Peter Neff in the 1850s.
Stamp, Kenyon College historian and “Keeper of Kenyoniana,” will discuss the worldwide fascination with photography during the late 1800s, as well as the early contributions of the Kenyon Camera Club.
Gibson will present several examples from the society’s collection of Knox County photographers from 1850 to the early 1900s, including the work of Fred Crowell, who became nationally known for his popular stereographic images.
The Wednesday evening meeting is free and open to the public. All persons interested in area history are invited to attend. For more information call the museum at 393-5247.
Published on June 1, 2011