Florence Griswold Museum – VIRTUAL LECTURE SERIES: America Imagined

November 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme St
Old Lyme
CT 06371
Florence Griswold Museum
(860) 434-5542

Virtual Lecture #2: How Currier & Ives Pictured Nineteenth-Century America

with Bryan LeBeau, Professor, Georgetown University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Author 

Thanks to Currier & Ives, 19th-century America was the best illustrated period in the nation’s history. But is the America the company pictured an accurate historical record or a romanticized imaging of the past? What visual elements made their images so appealing both in the U.S. and abroad, and to what purpose? LeBeau examines how Currier & Ives created a usable past for the new nation, and how the company pictured urban and rural life, America’s pride of place, the frontier, the family, and Victorian ideals including how Thanksgiving and Christmas were presented in a Currier & Ives America.