Rochester, N.Y., January 20, 2009—A conserved glass-plate image of Abraham Lincoln from 1860 is being presented to the public for the first time — and is not only Lincoln’s personal favorite portrait but it is the closest one will get to “seeing” Lincoln. In honor of the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, a display titled “Lincoln Portrait: Conservation of a National Treasure” will go on view beginning Feb. 1 at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film.
Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 450,000 photographs; 28,000 motion picture films; the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology; one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema; and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and makes critical contributions in the fields of film preservation and photographic conservation.
Rochester, N.Y., January 15, 2009—Celebrate the Valentine's Day weekend at George Eastman House with a romantic comedy in the Dryden Theatre on Saturday evening, Feb. 14 and also a brunch and film the next day on Sunday, Feb. 15.
Rochester, N.Y., January 15, 2009—George Eastman House presents virtual springtime, with the 15th annual exhibition The Dutch Connection: George Eastman's Conservatory in Winter Bloom, on view Friday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, Feb. 21. This colorful, interpretive exhibition will feature thousands of flowering bulbs, re-creating Eastman's 1909 display of flowers from Holland — ordered from the same Dutch company Eastman used.