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Learn Norwalk History Through 19th-Century Lens

Photographers of the past documented events that are now part of Norwalk history. The new exhibit at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum explores the history of photography vis a vis the history of Norwalk.
Photographers of the past documented events that are now part of Norwalk history. The new exhibit at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum explores the history of photography vis a vis the history of Norwalk. Photo Credit: Norwalk Historical Society website at norwalkhistoricalsociety.org

NORWALK, Conn. -- The public is invited to attend the opening of a new exhibit that shines a light on 19th-century photography in the city of Norwalk.

"Self and the World: Experiencing Photography" opens with a reception Wednesday at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum.

The exhibit is a journey through the development of photography in the second half of the 1800s, a period of growth in Norwalk’s economy and population.

Displays will include daguerreotypes that have not been seen before, family portraits, cartes de visite photographs, plate glass negatives and an original early Kodak camera.

In addition, visitors will see 19th-century stereoscopes (stereo viewers), a popular form of American entertainment in the period.

There will be an opportunity to touch and view stereo cards through a 21st-century stereoscope.

The role of the photographer is also celebrated in this exhibit, with a focus on female amateur photographer Ada Betts, African-American photographer Augustus Washington and American Civil War photographer Edward Tompkins Whitney.

Visitors will also be able to view other exhibits at the museum.

The gift shop, featuring handmade items by Connecticut artists, will be open.

The reception is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the museum, 141 East Ave., Norwalk (next to the Norwalk Health Department).

Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave., Norwalk. RSVP by email to info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org .

Click here for more information about the exhibit or call  203-846-0525.

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