The Greater Oneonta Historical Society is planning a series of events at the Oneonta History Center as part of New York's Path Through History Weekend, October 6 through 8. The events are associated with the Center's current exhibition, "Oneonta Photographers, 1850-1930."
On Monday, October 8 at 2 PM, fine arts photographer Kevin Gray will discuss the work life of American portrait photographers and the processes they used from the 1850s to 1930. Beginning with wet plate ambrotypes, tintypes, and glass plate negatives in the mid-1800s through the advent of sheet film, studio cards, and Kodak, portrait photography went through great changes in the span of eighty years. This program will include examples of such work and a discussion of how the various processes of the time affected the way both studio and traveling photographers created their work. Gray is the manager of arts education at the Fenimore Art Museum and a lecturer at Hartwick College. Gray, who holds a Master of Fine Arts at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, has a special interest in traditional black and white photography.
Throughout the weekend there will be special activities. Visitors may pose for a photo in front of a re-creation of an old-time photographer's studio. Hats, scarves, and other clothing will be available. There will be activities for children, such as viewing old Oneonta photographs to see how daily life has changed from then till now.
In recognition of Oneonta High School Alumni Weekend October 5 through 7, there will also be a special display of the life of Carl Delberta, Sr., Golden Gloves boxer and founder of the Oneonta Boys & Girls Club. Delberta is a 2018 inductee to the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
All events are free and open to the public. The Oneonta History Center, 183 Main Street, will be open Friday, October 5 from 12 noon to 4 PM, Saturday, October 6 from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday, October 7 and Monday, October 8 from 12 noon to 4 PM.
For more information, contact (607) 432-0960 or info@OneontaHistory.org.