The Columbia County Historical Society and Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon are hosting the first of their collaborative Winter 2018 programming:
Historian, Rob Emlen will be at Stair Galleries on Saturday, March 17 from 4-6pm, to deliver an illustrated lecture on Shaker Culture: “Early Depictions of Shakers at Mount Lebanon.”
Following his visit to the Mount Lebanon Shaker village in August, 1856, the New York newspaper artist Benson Lossing made watercolor drawings to guide the production of wood engravings that illustrated the article he published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine about daily life in a Shaker community. While the illustrations for Lossing’s Shaker article were printed in black and white, his original watercolors have survived, and give us an extraordinary glimpse at the colors of the Mount Lebanon Shaker village 162 years ago.
Rob Emlen recently retired as University Curator and Senior Lecturer in American Studies at Brown University. Presently he is at work on a book about how the Shakers were pictured in the popular illustrated press of 19th century America, a complement to his book ‘Shaker Village Views’, about how Shaker artists pictured their own communities during the 19th century.
Purchase your tickets in advance to receive an early-bird discount: http://bit.ly/ShakerCCHS-lecture2018-1
Tickets will also be available at the door: $15 for CCHS and SM|ML members; $20 for non-members.
Post-lecture, all attendees are invited to join CCHS and Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon for wine and other beverages.