Michael D. Gorman To Speak At September Meeting

Photo Forensics in Richmond, 1861-1865

Photo Forensics in Richmond, 1861-1865

Have you ever looked at a Civil War photograph and wondered, who took this? Where was it taken? When? Most importantly, why? Since the Library of Congress and other institutions have digitized their collections, these questions can be answered while creating many others. This program will present a new way of looking at the photographs of Richmond in 1865, and what can be understood from them.

Michael D. Gorman, a Richmond-based historian currently working for the National Park Service, will tackle these questions at GRIVA’s September Members Meeting. Gorman is the creator and webmaster of Civil War Richmond (www.mdgorman.com), a web-based “file cabinet” of primary sources regarding the life and times of the Confederate Capital. He is widely recognized as an expert on Civil War Photography, and has published numerous articles about the Civil War. In 2011, he served as an historical advisor on the set of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” and more recently on the film “Free State of Jones.”

Join us for Photo Forensics in Richmond, 1861-1865 at 7:45 p.m. on September 27th in the Beck Room at the Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Huguenot Road, Richmond, Virginia. There will be a short GRIVA meeting before the program with refreshments and social time afterwards. Our meetings are free to the public and visitors are welcome.

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