OGDENSBURG – The Frederic Remington Art Museum announces its annual Art Highlights & Tea Series to begin Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. with local author Tom French, who will present Nineteenth Century Ogdensburg in 3-D.
The presentation will consist of regional, historic 3-D photographs, including a number of 3-D stereoviews taken in Ogdensburg during the 1860s.
The presentation will include an opportunity for the audience to view the photographs in their original nineteenth century 3-D.
The 3-D photographs, known as stereoviews or stereopticons, were originally taken between 1865 & 1890 by local photographer, A.C. McIntyre.
McIntyre operated a photo studio in Ogdensburg between 1865 and 1870 before moving his operation to Alexandria Bay where his photographs became ubiquitous to the area.
The presentation will include a brief history of photography, including images of the world’s first photograph (taken in 1826), and the simultaneous and parallel development of stereo imaging.
The first 3-D photograph was taken in 1839 — the same year commercial photography became viable.
Most of the presentation will deal with McIntyre’s 3-D images of Ogdensburg, the 1000 Islands, and surrounding area.
French’s book, River Views: A History of the 1000 Islands in 3-D, includes over 100 stereoviews from along the St. Lawrence River, many by McIntyre.
The book includes a special viewer so readers can experience the stereocards in much the same way as the first Victorian patrons of 3-D. The author will be available after the presentation to sign his book for those interested.
The rest of the season schedule:
Saturday, March 10: Paul Parish will be speaking about his rich family history, as he is a descendent of David Parish, who built the home encasing our collection in 1810.
Saturday, April 14: TBA
Saturday, May 12: Ann Spies presenting on the life and times of local artist Charles Chapman, N.A.
Lectures begin around 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, and the tea at 3.
The lectures are free. Cost to attend a tea is $10/members and $12/non-members. To attend all four teas, we offer a discounted price of $35/members and $40/non-members.