Monday, January 2, 2012

Original Ellis Island Magic Lantern Slides from AMNH at Observatory Tomorrow Night!

Tomorrow night, Proteus Gowanus and Morbid Anatomy present at Observatory! Hope to see you there.
Projection of Original Ellis Island Lantern Slides from the Collection of The American Museum of Natural History & Meredith Monk Screening
Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 8pm
Observatory, 543 Union Street (enter via Proteus Gowanus Gallery)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Tomorrow night, join Proteus Gowanus and The Morbid Anatomy Library for a projection of original lantern slides of Ellis Island immigrants from the collection of the American Museum of Natural History presented by Barbara Mathe, head of special collections at the museum library. Following, we will view a special screening of Meredith Monk’s short film, ‘Ellis Island’ (1981), performed and filmed in the island’s ruins before the start of renovations for the Ellis Island Museum, which opened in 1990. Ellis Island was the gateway for the majority of immigrants to the United States, processing over 12 million immigrants from 1892 until 1954.
More--including directions--can be found here.

Image: Ellis Island Portraits - Lapland children, possibly from Sweden; Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) — Photographer. [ca. 1906-1914]; Source: William Williams papers / Photographs of immigrants (more info); found here.

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