|~ Museum of Photographic History ~
531 East Ohio Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212
|531 East Ohio Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
|THE ONLY MUSEUM LIKE IT IN THE U.S.!
Photo Antiquities also offers a presentation for civic groups. The history of photography is fascinating and fun. A Photo
Antiquities' staff member will visit your group and conduct a presentation discussing the beginning of photography in 1839
through the development of color photography at the turn of the twentieth century. Participants are welcome to bring
photographs to be used for further discussion about photography.
Please call for information 412-231-7881. If you have an idea that you do not see above give us a call and we will tailor a
presentation to your needs.
Attention Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts!!!
Photo Antiquities offers presentations designed to help you earn your photography badge. We offer a tour of a real
working darkroom, tips on taking photographs, a presentation on how to care for your camera equipment and a tour of the
museum which enables Scouts to gain an understanding of the history of photography, where it came from and where it's
Changing Lifestyles: Western Pennsylvania 1750-1950 (1 Hour)
Students will learn about life in the southwestern Pennsylvania region from the era of Pontiac's Rebellion through the
Second World War. The primary goal of the presentation is to illustrate to the students the struggles of each generation of
inhabitants in the region. Students will gain insight into the realities of being a settler during the late eighteenth century when
William Pitt's borough (Pittsburgh) was the western frontier of a new land.
In addition, students will learn of the great variety and number of industries that fueled the region's economy during the
early nineteenth century. Participants will discover that the production of iron and steel were not the industries responsible
for Pittsburgh's economic success, rather, they were the industries responsible for its worldwide fame. The presentation will
also cover the first major renaissance that occurred in the city of Pittsburgh and illustrate directly how it changed the face of
this dynamic region.
The presentation is fun and fascinating incorporating both old and new photographs of the region.
Native Peoples: The First Americans (1 Hour)
This presentation is available at the museum only and is presented in conjunction with our latest exhibit by the same name,
which will conclude at the end of November 2001.
The presentation will discuss period dress, assimilation, and the different tribes that are represented in the exhibit. The
presentation will also cover biographical information on the photographers being presented as well as their purpose and
views as photographers of Native American people.
An exhibition of 37 portraits of the North American Indians. Photographs by Edward S. Curtis, Frank Bennett Fiske,
Timothy H. O'Sullivan, Roland Reed, Frank A. Rinehart and the Heyn Studio in Omaha, Nebraska.
These images portray the character and way of life of these first Americans with a vividness and detail only the finest
photographers can capture. One feels a sense of awe at the pride and dignity, and sometimes despair, of these men and
women. The lens of these early 20th century photographers captured the essence of this great race just as their way of life
and traditional hunting grounds were vanishing in the face of the westward expansion of the white man. The photographs
engender awe and sadness, awe at the majesty of these peoples and sadness at how western man's "civilization"
devastated their tribes and their land.
"The great changes in practically every phase of the Indian's life that have taken place, especially within recent years, have
been such that had the time for collecting much of the material, both descriptive and illustrative, herein recorded, been
delayed, it would have been lost forever. The passing of every old man or woman means the passing of some tradition,
some knowledge of sacred rites possessed by no other; consequently the information that is to be gathered, for the benefit
of future generations, respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the
opportunity will be lost for all time. It is this need that has inspired the present task."
Edward S. Curtis
From his foreword to Volume I "The North American Indian", 1907
Photo Detective (1 Hour)
This program will enhance students' skills of observation and interpretation by introducing them to the photograph as a
form of documentation that is useful for retrieving historical data.
Photo Detective is adapted for use with different age groups. Older students in grades 5 - 12 will use various images of
Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania region. Younger audiences, those in grades K - 4 will be shown photographs of
young children dressed in the fashions of their era. The presenter, will explain the importance of the detective work they
will be conducting and how it applies to historical research and the photograph identification process used at the museum.
Photo Antiquities will also bring stereoviews (3-D images) and vintage photographs for the students to handle and explore.
The goal is to present the photographs as a text to be discovered or a story waiting to be written, while providing historical
information to fuel their imaginations. We will work on the visual exploration of each image, or more plainly, work on being
"photo detectives" attempting to solve the mystery of the photographs.
Photography as History (1 Hour)
Photography as History will immerse students and adults in a hands-on presentation that explains three centuries worth of
discoveries that have made the fine art of photography what it is today. The presentation starts in the eighteenth century
with the discovery of how light darkens silver. The program then covers the development of the photographic processes of
the nineteenth century and concludes with a brief description of color photography in the early twentieth century.
The presenter, will also devote time to teaching about inventors such as Louis Daguerre who invented the first practical
form of photography and his partner, Joseph Nicephore Niepce, who died just before the invention was complete.
Students will also learn about the rigors of life as a nineteenth century photographer and the precision involved when having
to develop photographs within five minutes of taking them.
Participants will also be told about famous and accomplished photographers of the nineteenth century, including Matthew
Brady and Timothy O'Sullivan who worked to record a visual history of The Civil War. In addition, the presenter will
touch upon some of the famous subjects of early photographers such as Abraham Lincoln.
This program is best suited for grades 5 - 12 and can be adapted into a presentation for adults and mature audiences.
Civil War Photography and History (1 Hour)
During this presentation students will explore some of the realities of life as a soldier during The Civil War. This hands-on
interactive program will give students the chance to ask questions as well as wear an authentic Civil War General's uniform.
Students will be able to experience what it was like to march and drill as members of the military during the 1860's and
with written permission from a school administrator authentic military equipment can be brought for the students to handle.
After learning about the life of a nineteenth century soldier, period images of the Civil War era and the difficulties of the
photographers who risked their lives to make a visual record of The Civil War will be discussed. Students are encouraged
to bring their own photographs for presentation and discussion. This presentation is recommended for students in grades 5