Join us as we explore the wonder of 19th Century photography through the Carte de Visite. We are excited to have two expert presenters on the topic who will share many images from their unique and extensive collections.
Doors will open at 1:00 each day with the presentations to start at 2 PM.
Admission $10.00 (Free for Members and Children 12 and Under)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
“One Family’s Journey During the Time of Lincoln”
Historian and Researcher Lance Ingmire will tell the story of the photographer FW Ingmire’s collection of Lincoln related CdVs and photos, and the connection of the Ingmire family to the Civil War, including his research on the 95th New York Infantry. Replete with artifacts and original images.
Presenter: Lance Ingmire
Lance is a passionate researcher and collector of the Civil War era, with special emphasis on the 95th New York and the 115th New York.
He has more than 14 relatives who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He has been painstakingly writing the regimental history of the 95th New York and has made over 150 trips to the National Archives in Washington, DC for research as well as numerous field trips to many battlefields where the 95th was engaged, especially Gettysburg, Pa.
He retired in 2005, at age 55 after a carrier in the insurance world and moved to his home town of Saratoga Springs, NY. In retirement he has served as President of the Friends of US Grant Cottage, (Grant’s last residence), President of the Friends of the NY State Military Museum and organized the Saratoga Civil War Encampment which educated and entertained the residents for 7 years. He also served as Chair of the New York State Sesquicentennial Committee of the Civil War. This coming year he will serve as President of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club. He co-authored and was business manager for “The Centennial History of Saratoga Springs, NY”, published in 2015 and authored the chapter on “Saratoga During the Civil War”.
His family connections to the Civil War era are most interesting and will be discussed during his lecture.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
“Cardomania! The Rise and Fall of the Carte de Visite in Civil War America”
The Civil War Generation was the first to grow up with photography. This transformative medium made it possible for Americans from all walks of life to preserve their own likeness, a privilege once reserved only for the wealthy. During photography’s early years, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes ruled the portrait world. Then, on the eve of the Civil War, a curious new format landed in America—the carte de visite. After hostilities began, hundreds of thousands of citizen soldiers and sailors posed for their likenesses. Countless millions of photographs were produced. Significant numbers of these most intimate and personal artifacts survive today. Some are finding a place among the iconic images of the war. Join Ron Coddington, author of four books of collected Civil War portraits and editor and publisher of Military Images magazine, as he tells the story of the rise and fall of the carte de visite—and what became of them.