Rochester, N.Y., September 6, 2018—The George Eastman Museum will be open to the public for FREE on Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the spirit of Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day, the Eastman Museum is opening its doors to all visitors for the day to encourage the Rochester community to experience the photography exhibitions David Levinthal: War, Myth, Desire and Gail Albert Halaban: Out My Window, and the History of Photography Gallery, as well as hands-on activities for all ages in the Discovery Room.
Additionally, as part of the City of Rochester’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, the Eastman Museum is hosting a free discussion at noon on September 22 about the challenges that exist in thoroughly researching and accessing information about Douglass.
Looking for Frederick Douglass: Resources in Libraries, Museums, and Archives
Saturday, September 22
12 p.m., Dryden Theatre
Frederick Douglass was a highly visible public figure, a popular orator, and a prolific writer and memoirist; he has also been called “the 19th century’s most photographed American.” Yet, two hundred years after his birth, locating and bringing together documentary records of Douglass’s life can be a challenge. While the circumstances of his life and legacy certainly play a role, this elusiveness may have as much to do with the differing standards and practices among libraries, museums, and archives that hold such materials. The discussion will be moderated by the George Eastman Museum’s Head of Library and Archives, Ken Fox, and will include the following panelists:
- Jessica Lacher-Feldman, assistant dean and the Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer Director of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, University of Rochester
- Jennifer Morris, archivist, Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC
- Heather Shannon, associate curator, Department of Photography, George Eastman Museum
In addition to the free discussion and access the museum’s galleries and historic mansion, the Eastman Museum is offering the following free tours throughout the day:
- 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. Historic Mansion Tour
- 11 a.m. Gallery Tour in Sign Language (register in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 12 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Garden Tour
- 1 p.m. Gallery Tour
Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine where participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The George Eastman Museum will be participating again this year, but visitors to the museum will not need to present a Museum Day Ticket, as all visitors will be admitted for free that day.