JOHNSBURG - In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. Civil War, the Johnsburg Historical Society will debut an exhibit of photographs by Wevertown native and well-known photographer Mathew Brady at the Johnsburg Library. The exhibit will be up from July through September.
Mathew Brady was a pioneering photographer credited with visually documenting one of the Country's bloodiest and heart-wrenching wars. The vast majority of Civil War images that survive and are used to this very day were taken under his direction. While little is known about his early life, writer and researcher Glen Pearsall recently traced Brady's roots to Wevertown. Come learn how a man with local and modest beginnings became a legendary history maker.
The photographs showcased in this exhibit are copies of images in the archival collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the US National Archives- the largest depositories of Brady's work.
The Brady exhibit is one of many activities that the Johnsburg Historical Society is hosting to recognize the anniversary of the war. Additionally, a commemorative sign near the birth place of Brady will be erected this summer along with a dedication. In September, JHS and Glen Pearsall are hosting a joint program to honor Johnsburg natives who fought in the war. More information on each of these programs and will be published at a later date. Contact the JHS office at 251-5788 for additional details.