In the wake of the Civil War, many Americans were drawn to spiritualism in the vain hope of connecting with loved ones lost in the war. Capitalizing on the era’s interest in the spirit world, some photographers took advantage of these hopes by claiming to capture the spirits of the deceased in their photographs through clever processing techniques.
But, this wasn’t the only morbid fascination that defined this time period – you’ll also learn about post-mortem photography, “hidden mothers,” memento mori, and lockets stuffed with the hair of deceased loved ones.
Learn how Downtown Woodstock went from a sleepy place where businesses closed by 6pm the early 2000’s to the booming metropolis it is today, all while keeping it’s carefully crafted and viciously protected small-town feel. This talk is led by Senior City Planner Katie O’Connor.
Did you know the City of Woodstock has its own tourism website? Check it out!
Get a chance to connect small town : small works in the Gallery to a topic right out here in our community!
Tuesday, December 28th
RSVP’ing is encouraged to give us an idea of how many to expect and to help keep you in the loop with future events & happenings at the Reeves House. Tie-In Talks begin at 6:30pm and last ~1 hour.
There is no charge for the Gallery or this event. We encourage you to RSVP in order to stay in the loop with future events and ask that you consider a tax-deductible donation to help us continue to program accessible experiences for our entire community.
Due to Health Department regulations in the Cafe and for the safety of the Gallery pieces, only service animals are permitted inside the building.
All surfaces will be wiped down and sanitized prior to opening.
Masks and Facial Coverings
Face coverings are encouraged during this event to ensure the safety of all guests and staff.