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Photography for the Family Historian

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The Special Collections Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library presented this daylong program by Diane VanSkiver Gagel, M.A on Saturday, March 31, 2012, 9:30-3:30 in the Main Library Auditorium.

You may download handouts here.  These are copyrighted material and can be used only for personal use.

A professional researcher, lecturer and writer and past president of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Diane is the author of several genealogy and photography books, including Ohio Photographers: 1839-1900, Directory of Photographers in the United States 1888 & 1889 and Canada in 1889 and Windows on the Past: Identifying, Dating, & Preserving Photographs.  She discussed the topics of traditional verses digital photography, finding and sharing family photographs, and dating, identifying and caring for historic photographs.

Program Schedule:

9:30 – 9:45        Introductions

9:45 – 10:45      The Family Photographer: To be Digital or Not to be Digital
This lecture covers the positive and negative aspects of setting up a home digital photo lab versus the advantages and disadvantages of film photography. Included is information on equipment needed, costs, and advice on family photographs in the digital age.

10:45 – 11:00    Break

11:00 – 12:00    Windows on the Past: Dating, Identifying and Caring for Historic Photographs – Part 1
Covers the history of early photography and how to identify and date photographic formats, dating by photographer information and by props.

12:00 – 1:15       Lunch on your own

1:15 – 2:15          Windows on the Past: Dating, Identifying and Caring for Historic Photographs – Part 2
Covers dating 19th century images by the fashions found in the photographs and also preservation of  vintage photographs.

2:15 – 2:30         Break

2:30 – 3:30        Ancestors in the Attic: Finding and Sharing Family Photographs
Covers finding photographs or seeking identification of photographs of our ancestors from distant relatives, libraries, and on the net.  The second part of the lecture covers sharing our photographs with others in using cameras, computer technology, and the net.  Overview of Internet photographic sites will be included. Also discussed are basic ideas on using photographs in scrapbooks, family histories and reunion booklets.

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