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Porter Thayer and the History of the Town Photographer

Porter Thayer and the History of the Town Photographer at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

August 26, 6:45 pm, Newfane, Historical Society of Windham County

Porter Thayer, a lifelong resident of Williamsville, immortalized the area in the photographs he took between 1906 and 1920. His horse, Lady, helped transport his camera, tripod, and boxes of glass plates over the 25-mile territory he covered.  His business was so popular that more than 1,000 of his postcards were sold at the Williams store over a six-month period.

Jessica Weitz and Vermont Humanities Council scholar Forrest Holzapfel will describe the effort to digitize Thayer’s 1,300 photographs. The Porter Thayer digital collection is available through the University of Vermont’s Center for Digital Initiatives. The event is hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library.

For more information, contact Jessica Weitz, (802) 254-5290 x101.

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