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Picturing America: Women with Cameras

As both a hobby and a profession, photography has always attracted a large number of women. In the early 20th century, it opened paths to artistic expression, independence and adventure for women with cameras. It could also pose danger.

Dr. Melissa McEuen

Join us for lunch and an interesting conversation as Dr. Melissa McEuen introduces a generation of women photographers who, beginning in the 1920s and 1930s, sought out an “authentic” America. Many chose to leave the safe confines of their portrait studios (and their rich clients!) to venture out into the “real world” where a multicultural nation and its people awaited them. Along fencerows, in family homes and on front porches, these photographers produced some of the most memorable images of the century. They not only showed America to Americans at the time, but they also created slices of the past that deserve reconsideration today.

Melissa A. McEuen is professor of history and a Bingham Fellow at Transylvania University, where she has taught since 1995. Her research focuses on American women in the 20th century. Among her publications are three books: the award-winning Seeing America: Women Photographers between the Wars (2000); Making War, Making Women: Femininity and Duty on the American Home Front, 1941-1945 (2011); and Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times (2015), which she co-edited with Thomas H. Appleton, Jr.

McEuen is a past president of the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History and a past board president of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference.  She serves on the board of directors for the Mary Todd Lincoln House and is a historical consultant for the Kentucky Humanities’ Chautauqua program.

Tickets (includes lunch): $25 KHS members; $30 others.

Reservations & Payment Required by Oct. 12. Call 502-564-1792, ext. 4408.

Sorry, no refunds for cancellations made after noon, Oct. 15.


  • Crudites with country ranch and classic hummus
  • Orchard harvest salad
  • Buffalo Trace brown sugar glazed spiral ham
  • 4-cheese and mac
  • Kickin’ collard greens
  • Southern biscuitb
  • Bread pudding with Buffalo Trace bourbon sauce

(Subject to change without notice)


October 17, 2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Kentucky Historical Society


Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
100 W. Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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(502) 564-1792