Photographic Crayon Portraits

We call it 19th Century Photoshop! Those pioneer portraits you see are more complex than they seem. Pioneers didn’t have negatives and printing studios to create full size images. Instead the photographer used a small print that the pioneers already had from a studio in the East.  They would enlarge it with a solar camera and send it off to an artist to enhance with a special wax crayon.  The enlargement was fuzzy and faint so it needed help to look great.  The result was a photographic crayon portrait.

Come find out about how these portraits were made and why it was so important to have a portrait in your home. DiAnne Iverglynne, MS, who is trained in portrait conservation will present her research on the portraits and the lives of the people who owned them.

Set aside Nov. 8, 2017 at 7 pm for this fascinating presentation.  It will be held at the USU Fine Arts Center, Room 264 (use the ramp between the Art Department and the Morgan Theater.)

This lecture is presented by the Cache DUP Museum, Bear River Heritage Area and the Hyrum City Museum.  We are grateful for the funding from Utah Humanities.

Summer Fun 2017

We loved seeing all our visitors this summer. They came from all over the country and represent all areas of the world.  Here is our chart showing where their ancestors came from. We had over 1000 visitors come through this summer. Remember, we are also open during the fall and winter so come on by.