Since the Readin',Ritin' and 'Rithmetic, the Early Schools of Lawrence County, Il book was published in 2011, the Society has gathered about 75 additional photographs that are neither in the book or on the CD. The book contains 250 photographs, while the first CD contained all of those plus 500 more. (Both the book and the Cd can be purchased from the website, the Museum or the Genealogical Library.)
Please send in any school photos that you have, if you think we might not have a copy of them. (Also donate any memorabilia, or old yearbooks that your kids will surely sell at a yardsale when you die.) You may send the photos by email, or stop by the library to have them scanned if you want. Contact us here to make arrangements to drop off items at the museum.
CURATOR WANTED; If you would like to become curator of our school collection please contact Donna or Nancy through this website.
The curator job would involve organizing the boxes and books, helping inventory the collection, scanning pictures and photographing objects, finding records for researchers, and writing interesting articles for the blog... If you have the interest but not the skills, don't worry...we don't either, but we are having fun learning. The pay is not great, in fact, it's a volunteer job only but the good news is, the IRS won't tax it!
Civil War Photographers: Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and Others
By Phil Lewis, Presenter
March 23, 2015 7:00 pm at the museum
12th and State Streets, Lawrenceville, Il 62439
This Power Point presentation focuses on the Art of photography and Civil War photographers with pictures of battlefields and the carnage of war. Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, Timothy Sullivan, and as well as Southern photographers, brought the visual story of the war to the general public as never before. Most Americans of the era thought the war would be over in a few months, but it lasted four, long painful years with nearly 750,000 Union and Confederate soldiers perishing in the bloody conflict.