Joel Whitney: Minnesota‘s Civil War Photographer

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History Lounge: Joel Whitney: Minnesota‘s Civil War Photographer
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul MN

Dates: March 19, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: Free

Hundreds of Civil War soldiers sat for photographer Joel Whitney in his St. Paul studio, but who was the man behind the camera? Nationally recognized as one of America’s foremost photographic artists of the 19th century, Whitney operated first as a daguerreian and subsequently as a wet plate photographer in St. Paul and Minneapolis from 1850 to 1871.

The Minnesota Historical Society holds more than 800 of Whitney’s photographs ranging from exquisite daguerreotypes of St. Anthony Falls to compelling carte-de-visite portraits of Dakota Indians. Senior Curator Adam Scher will explore the life and work of this pioneer photographer and share some of these rare images from the Society’s collections. For more information visit