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The George Eastman Museum to host virtual talk on Eastman’s Historic Gardens on May 15

The museum has released new online activities as part of Eastman Museum at Home

Rochester, N.Y., May 12, 2020—Following the success of its first two virtual lectures, the George Eastman Museum has announced a third lecture on Friday, May 15 at 1 p.m. (EST).  The free Focus 45 talk will center on George Eastman’s historic gardens, and will be led by Kathy Connor, Curator of the George Eastman Legacy Collection at the George Eastman Museum.

Focus 45: Eastman’s Gardens Then and Now
Friday, May 15 at 1 p.m. (EST)

Register through Zoom
Legacy Curator Kathy Connor will take us on a tour of the historic gardens from 1905, when George Eastman first moved in, through the eventual changes that took place after his death when the mansion became the residence of University of Rochester presidents. The tour will include discussion of why his childhood home was moved to the estate, the restoration efforts undertaken in the early 1990s, and the work that continues to this day. Registration is required via Zoom, as space is limited for the free talk. Registration is open now at eastman.org.

The museum continues to expand its online offerings through Eastman Museum at Home, a repository for activities, online resources, tutorials, and tours to keep people engaged in learning about photography, film, and the legacy of George Eastman.

Live with George Eastman
The museum released several Zoom and desktop backgrounds to make it appear as though you're actually sitting in George Eastman's library or just about to enjoy a film in the Dryden Theatre. Download them here.

Cook with George Eastman
If you’re looking for hands-on activities in the kitchen, try making one of George Eastman’s recipes from his 1919 Camp Cookbook, including a variety of puddings—bread, rice, or cheese—or onions au gratin.

Drink with George Eastman
The Rochester Cocktail Revival has created a George Eastman–inspired cocktail, the Kodacolor, that will be offered for pickup or delivery through Cure. If you’d prefer to make it yourself, use the following recipe, and share your results with the #eastmanmuseum on social media.

Kodacolor Recipe

  • 3/4oz peach syrup
  • 1/4oz ginger syrup
  • 5oz sparkling wine

Relax with George Eastman
Kick back and enjoy life like George Eastman with a selection of his favorite songs played on his own Aeolian Pipe Organ by the museum’s  resident organist, Joe Blackburn. Listen to the Eastman’s Favorites album here.

About Eastman at Home
Eastman Museum at Home encourages visitors to create their own photography and moving images with hands-on activities for all ages; explore more than 250,000 objects in the museum’s collections online; take virtual tours the historic mansion and gardens, the conservation lab, and the technology collection; and learn about George Eastman through the museum’s mobile tour. The Eastman Museum’s social media channels are great resources for online learning and are updated on a regular basis with links to new activities to experience at home. In addition to the museum’s  Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts, YouTube is home to the museum’s historic photographic process video series, the Dryden Theatre Recommends series of introductions for films available on streaming services, and past artist talks and curator lectures. Listen to audio from past exhibitions on SoundCloud, and watch digitized films from the museum’s moving image collection, with new titles being added regularly. 

For more information about Eastman at Home or other online resources, visit eastman.org.

Support the George Eastman Museum
This is a critical time for museums across the globe. The George Eastman Museum encourages individuals to visit eastman.org/support, if you are able to contribute to the museum’s Annual Fund at this time. Donations of all amounts are appreciated. The unrestricted dollars that membership and annual fund gifts provide are essential to the museum's operations and to the exhibitions and public programs that bring our collections to life for our audiences. And as with all of our community's cultural organizations, these dollars have never been more critical.

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