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Lantern Slide Show: Hand Colored Slides of Early Twentieth-Century Portland Gardens from the Oregon Historical Society
August 14, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us for a slide show presentation and narration of hand-colored lantern slides of early twentieth-century Portland gardens. The slide show will be orchestrated by Matthew Cowan, Archivist for the Moving Images and Photography Collection at the Oregon Historical Society, and slide show narration will be presented by Suzanne Bishop, chair of the Garden History committee at the Portland Garden Club, and Tricia Hoffman, Executive Director of Newspace Center for Photography.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition UNEARTHED: Hand Colored Slides of Early Twentieth-Century Portland Gardens from the Oregon Historical Society
About the exhibition:
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.