Thursday, August 11, 2016

"Capturing History" Photo Exhibit to Open August 13th.

For many years three men have been capturing local history from behind their camera lenses for the Niagara County Historical Society.  Whether it’s snapping photos at events, photographing changes as old buildings come down and new ones go up, documenting progress as our community reinvents itself, or gathering images for historic publications, Bruce Aikin, Ken Boyd, and Norm Pearson have helped visually preserve our history each in their own unique way.

Behind any successful organization there are unsung heroes behind the scenes and these three definitely fit that description.   Many historic publications produced locally would not be the same without the visual representations they provide.  Dozens of binders fill shelves at the History Center, each containing hundreds of photos.  It can be is easy to forget details of even the most recent history and these photos help jog our memories and put things in perspective in regards to both space and time in a way that only a photograph can.  Thanks to these three we are capturing history while we are in the moment.
Lockport's Changing Skyline by Norm Pearson
 To honor and thank them for their hard work and dedication The Niagara Art Trail in cooperation with the Niagara County Historical Society is pleased to present “Capturing History” , an exhibit showcasing a handful of the thousands of photographs in the History Center’s archives.  The exhibit opens on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church Street, Lockport.  The photographers will step out from behind their cameras and be on hand from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm to share their thoughts and discuss their photography.  Light refreshments will be served.  The exhibit will remain on display through October 1st.  Photos on display will showcase transitions in our landscape, historic moments, and local events.  There will also be some chosen simply for their artistry rather than historic value.