Meet the Expert: Mining Photography of George Bretz

Meet the Expert: Mining Photography of George Bretz
Saturday, August 25th at 11am
Free with museum admission!

As part of the National Museum of Industrial History’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of anthracite coal, Shari Stout from The Smithonian’s National Museum of American History will be presenting a lecture featuring historic mining photography. The National Museum of American History is home to an array of mining lamps, hats, and safety equipment, much of it from the anthracite mines of PA. In 1884, the Smithsonian displayed a series of photographs taken inside a mine in Pennsylvania by George Bretz, a photographer from Pottsville, PA. Shari will show us some of these photos, talk about the history of these collections, some of the materials collected with them, and the original curator who instigated the photo shoot.

Shari Stout is the collections manager in the Division of Work and Industry at the The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, and holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University. She has worked at the Smithsonian since 1999, installing exhibitions and caring for a wide range of collections, including the mining collections. Ms. Stout works with everything from glassware to sculpture to locomotives, but specializes in planning and overseeing the movement of the museum’s largest objects. Ms. Stout played a key role in the installation of the Smithsonian collections for the 2016 opening of the National Museum of Industrial History.

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