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Indiana University professor Eric Sandweiss will present a program entitled ‘The Day in Its Color: A Posey County Photographer and the World He Left Behind’ at the Alexandrian Public Library in Mount Vernon on Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. The program is co-hosted by the Posey County Historical Society and the Alexandrian Public Library and is presented free to the public. The event is sponsored by Baier & Baier, Attorneys-at-Law, of Mount Vernon.
Professor Sandweiss is the author of a new book entitled ‘The Day in Its Color: Charles Cushman’s Photographic Journey Through a Vanishing America.’ The book introduces readers to the extraordinary work of phographer and Poseyville native Charles Cushman using a recently unearthed archive of photographs that is the largest known body of early color photographs by a single photographer, 14,500 in all, most shot on vivid, color-saturated Kodachrome stock. The collection includes hundreds of photographs shot in Posey County.
Professor Sandweiss is Carmony Chair and Associate Professor of History at Indiana University where he edits the quarterly Indiana Magazine of History. Prior to his arrival at IU, Sandweiss served for a decade as Director of Research at the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis.
Sandweiss’ teaching and research center on two primary topics: the built American landscape and the practice of public history. In addition to writing The Day in Its Color, he is the author of St. Louis: The Evolution of an American Urban Landscape; co-author of Eadweard Muybridge and the Photographic Panorama of San Francisco; and editor of St. Louis in the Century of Henry Shaw: A View Beyond the Garden Wall. He is currently at work on a study of the history of city museums in Europe and the U.S.
Sandweiss earned a B.A. in Folklore from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in architectural history from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with his wife, Lee, surprisingly well-adjusted sons, Noah and Ethan, and a Scottish Terrier named Nessie.
Copies of Sandweiss’ book, The Day in Its Color will be available for purchase at the event and the author will be available for signing.
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