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Panel discussion: UNEARTHED Portland Garden Club lantern slides

September 10, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a panel discussion in conjunction with our current exhibition UNEARTHED: Hand Colored Slides of Early Twentieth-Century Portland Gardens from the Oregon Historical Society.

We will discuss the collaborative process that went into the production of this exhibition: from the discovery of the slide collection in the OHS archive to the research conducted by current Portland Garden Club members and their exhibition at Newspace this summer.

Panelists include:

Yaelle Amir, Curator, Newspace Center for Photography
Suzanne Bishop, Chair of the Garden History Committee, Portland Garden Club
Matthew Cowan, Archivist for Moving Images and Photography, Oregon Historical Society

About the exhibition:

UNEARTHED: Hand Colored Slides of Early Twentieth-Century Portland Gardens from the Oregon Historical Society

On view: August 7 – September 26, 2015

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and Newspace Center for Photography are proud to present UNEARTHED, an exhibition of hand colored lantern slides of Portland gardens from ca. 1920 – 1935. These images, all drawn from the OHS permanent collection, were created by George C. Stephenson (1866-1940) on behalf of the Portland Garden Club (PGC). Following the First World War an effort was made to record the beautiful yet quickly disappearing estate gardens in and around Portland. Stephenson, the official photographer of the PGC, created hundreds of slides locally – many of which document the famed Portland gardens of the time, including the Kerr and Frank Estates (now Lewis and Clark College). All slides were then colored by hand, taking great pains to accurately record the color palette of each garden or plant subject. These slides exemplify the ways in which these types of archival collections function over time—what we learn from them about our past and the ways in which they can reflect on our present. In addition to the public programs (listed below) the exhibition will include prints of select images, as well as the display of the slides themselves.


September 10, 2015
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Yaelle Amir


Newspace Center for Photography
1632 SE 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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