Historic photographs on display in ‘our town’

Notable photographs on loan from the Henry Sheldon Museum’s “Our Town” exhibit depicting the history of Middlebury are currently displayed in the public spaces of Middlebury’s new Town Offices. Visitors to the offices will witness the town’s history as they wander through the public corridors and meeting rooms.
One hundred years of life in the Middlebury region are covered in the exhibit: single and group portraits of Vermonters — both the celebrated and the ordinary citizen, village scenes capturing disasters and daily life, landscapes of Vermont’s treasured mountains and lakes.
These photographs represent a small selection of the photographs chosen by photographer James P. Blair and Sheldon Archivist Eva Garcelon-Hart who curated the original “Our Town” exhibit for the Sheldon. When he retired to Middlebury following his career as an award-winning photographer with the National Geographic Society, Blair became entranced by the singular photography collection found in the Research Center of the Henry Sheldon Museum. As he and Garcelon-Hart reviewed the Sheldon’s archives, he found exceptional images that traced the citizens, landscapes, and townscapes of Addison County and the Lake Champlain region.
The photographs may be seen during regular Town Office hours. All of the framed photographic prints are for sale. They are one-time, limited-edition photographic prints selected and printed by Blair.  Profits will go toward the preservation of the Sheldon Museum’s collections documenting their rich and diverse local history.
For more information about the Museum visit henrysheldonmuseum.org or call (802) 388-2117.

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