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The Dansville Online
  • New Deal Gallery hosts Expressions of The Civil War Opening reception tonight

  • Every photograph and personal letter tells a unique story and gives the viewer an intimate glimpse into the eyes and lives of those from Livingston County who served for the Union cause.

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  • Photography was in its infancy when the American Civil War began. As soldiers left to fight the war, the early photographers bravely followed them onto battlefields with wagons packed with bulky equipment and chemicals in order to capture the images of death and destruction.
    It did not take long for thousands photographs to be distributed throughout the country captivating American’s interest and providing them with the first vivid portrayals of the carnage of the Civil War.
    Photographers also took portraits of individual soldiers as well as shots of everyday life in camps. For the vast majority of the soldiers, the images captured during their service may have been the only photograph taken in their lifetime.
    This exhibit couples photographs and letters from the Livingston County Historian’s collection and contributions from town historians, historical societies, and family members.
    Every photograph and personal letter tells a unique story and gives the viewer an intimate glimpse into the eyes and lives of those from Livingston County who served for the Union cause.
    The County Historian’s office continually accepts donations of letters, photographs, and any documentary items related to Livingston County residents who served in all wars.
    The New Deal Gallery is located in Livingston Arts Center, Building 4, Murray Hill, Mt. Morris, and is open Wednesday and Friday 1-4 p.m., Thursday 1-7:30 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information and detailed directions, please visit LivingstonArts.org or call 595-243-6785.
     
     
     

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