Picturing the Civil War: 

Prints and Photographs by Connecticut Artists and Photographers

November 28       7 PM

 

On Wednesday, November 7 at 7 p.m., join us at Windsor Historical Society as Dr. Nancy Finlay, Curator of Graphics at the Connecticut Historical Society helps you to see the Civil War the way contemporaries on the home front saw it and imagined it one hundred and fifty years ago. Brightly-colored lithographs captured the drama and glory of battle and helped Connecticut families visualize the wartime experiences of their husbands and sons.  Photographs recorded the appearance of Connecticut soldiers before they left for the front and after they returned. 

 

As the Civil War raged, families at home treasured photographs of enlisted men taken by local photographers before they left and photographic portraits sent home from the front lines. Some portraits are formal with self-conscious poses resembling portrait paintings.   Other subjects captured in photographs lounge casually, uniforms unbuttoned, surprisingly at ease.  These photographs, both formal and informal, are poignant reminders that while some of these young and not-so-young men returned to Connecticut to resume their normal lives; others were not so lucky.  These moving images from the 1860s  will make a long-ago war come alive today.  Program cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $4 for Windsor Historical Society members and Letís Go Arts Card holders.  For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813.  This program is supported by a grant from the Connecticut Humanities Council.

 

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