You are invited to a special program celebrating the unveiling of the treasured Cincinnati Riverfront Panorama of 1848 as it goes on permanent display in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room. The program, to take place on Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Atrium, will feature an illustrated introduction to this remarkable daguerreotype and explanation of the state-of-the-art conservation treatment. You will also have an opportunity to use the two interactive, giant touch screens that allow a closer look at Cincinnati’s bustling riverfront in the mid-nineteenth century.
Jason Buydos, the Library’s Assistant Director of Support Services & Project Manager, will discuss the making of the Library’s two interactive, touch screen displays featuring high definition digital images of the Panorama as well as the grant that helped make the panorama more accessible to the public.
Ralph Wiegandt, Conservator for the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, will discuss the conservation process while explaining how 21st century technology assisted him with preservation.
Patricia Van Skaik, Manager of the Library’s Genealogy & Local History Department, will discuss the history of the Panorama and the use of state-of-the-art technology to better understand 19th century Cincinnati.
The display case for the panorama and the two interactive computer displays are made possible through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio and matching funds from the Annabelle Fey Trust Fund, The Library Foundation, Anne Drackett Thomas, the Friends of the Public Library, and J. Mack Gamble Fund, Sons & Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen.