Historical society hosts Mathew Brady program

WEVERTOWN - The popular Presidents' Day program annually sponsored by Johnsburg Historical Society will take place Monday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Wevertown Community Center. Local storyteller Milda Burns will share her research, stories, books, photographs and artifacts relating to famous Civil War photographer Mathew Brady.

19th century census records suggest that it is likely that Brady was born in the Town of Johnsburg but as of yet no definitive proof has been discovered. The likely Brady birthplace, near the old The Glen to Wevertown Road, is described in Glenn Pearsall's Book, Echoes in These Mountains. The Brady homestead foundation is one of the more than 50 historic sites detailed by Pearsall, and can be explored by anyone interested in Johnsburg's colorful past.

Pearsall is expected to make an appearance during the program as the dashing and dramatic Mathew Brady himself. Also planned for this holiday celebration is recognition of outgoing Town of Johnsburg Historian Doris Patton for her many years of excellent service, and introduction of the new historian, Jo Ann Smith.

JHS is seeking approval to erect a simple wooden historical marker near The Glen in Brady's honor. Brady (1822-1896) is credited with originating the art of photojournalism. One of his most famous works is the 1862 Civil War photograph, "The Dead of Antietam." The marker will note that Brady, talented photographer of our nation's leaders and a pioneer in battlefield photography, probably was a native son of the Town of Johnsburg.

Refreshments will be served. This free program is open to the public.

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