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1800s photographs show suffering, compassion

The Henry Sheldon Museum will present a fascinating lecture on Oct. 2 titled Badges of Courage: Images of Suffering and Compassion in 19th-Century American Photography by Jane Turano-Thompson. The lecture, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., is offered in conjunction with the museums special exhibit Wash Your Hands! Health and Hygiene, 1800-1950.

Turano-Thompson will pre-sent an exploration, using rarely seen early photographs, of people experiencing the hardest of times in 19th-century Americathe wounded and the ill, the downhearted and the disenfranchised, their caregivers and their courage to endurewith a special focus on the intimacy and importance of the photographic image in American culture.

Turano-Thompson, a graduate of Smith College, is an independent scholar and art historian specializing in 19th-century American art, culture, and photography.

Formerly editor of the American Art Journal, she has written for numerous art and antiques publications, and has lectured at the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, the Smith College Museum of Art, Middlebury College, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and other institutions throughout New England. She is a contributor to the "Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History," published in 2007 by Oxford University Press.

For more information, call the museum at 388-2117.

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