Historic Photos Exhibit at Pawlet Public Library

Historic Photos Exhibit at Pawlet Public Library

Historic Photos Exhibit at Pawlet Public Library

There will be an exhibit of photographs from the Pawlett Historical Society collection at the Pawlet Public Library, School Street, Pawlet, Vt., beginning Saturday, November 9, with an opening reception from 11 to 1. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will be up through December 9, and focuses on the photographs of four Pawlet photographers: Archie W. Burdick (1866-1936), Helen Mary Bushee (1862-1947), Ella Josephine Clark (1893-1980) and Neil Rappaport (1942-1998). There will also be some early photographs of the town taken by unknown photographers. The earliest photograph in the exhibit was taken circa 1890, and the latest circa 1985.

Archie Burdick was a photographer who worked with glass plate negatives and was particularly active in West Pawlet in 1911.

Nellie Bushee also worked with glass plate negatives and became the Town Clerk in 1911 after her father, Orlando Bushee. She remained in that position until 1930 and took pictures from about 1900 to1910.

Ella Clark is remembered for her photo postcards that were sold for many years in all the local stores. She began taking pictures in 1910 when she asked her father for a camera for her birthday.

Neil Rappaport came to live in Pawlet in 1969, and for 30 years he primarily photographed the people of the town at work, at play and in settings of their own choosing.

The Pawlet Public Library is open Tuesday through Saturday. Please take the time to stop by and see this exhibit of photographs spanning almost 100 years.  For more information, call Susanne Rappaport at 802-645-0993. For library hours call 802-325-3123.

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