President's Corner

PSCWRT MEMBER AWARD

By Mike Movius
As you may have gathered by now, I’m very involved in visiting Civil War battlefields, historical buildings, conferences and seminars. One of the really cool conferences I attended in November was the Images of War seminar held in Charleston, SC and sponsored by the Center for Civil War Photography. The force behind the Center is Garry Adelman who is also the director of Education for the Civil War Trust.

This was the first time I have attended a Center event, so I really didn’t know any of the attendees, the structure of the seminar or much about the Center. But, having run into Garry on several occasions, and participated in a 9-mile tour of Gettysburg he led, I really wanted to be part of that experience...and I wasn’t disappointed.

The first night, we boarded a bus and were taken to a meeting place and watched in a couple presentations while eating hors d’oeuvres and having an adult beverage. The next day, we went to Fort Moultrie, Old Exchange & Dungeon, Magnolia Cemetery (burial site of all three Hunley crews) and Fort Sumter. At both of these historical locations, Garry had period photographs, many of which were in 3-D. We also had a tintype taken of attendees and learned how it was developed. We also went on a dinner cruise of Charleston harbor.
One of the really interesting things is that you meet all sorts of individuals who have become photography detectives. They will look at every detail of period photographs, note things that others will overlook, conduct research into what they have seen and report to any and all who will listen on their findings.

I highly recommend that you seriously consider becoming a member of CCWP and going to the 2018 seminar. It will be held in Washington City. For more information:
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The art and science behind tin typing was explained and demonstrated near the historic Exchange Building in Charleston.
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