Swedlund to give presentation about Civil War era photography

Charles A. Swedlund of Cobden is scheduled to be a guest speaker during an upcoming Civil War Weekend in Anna.

The Civil War Weekend is planned Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-10, at the Anna Arts Center.

The Civil War Weekend is being sponsored by the Shawnee Hills Arts Council and the PAST organization of Union County. The arts center is located at 117 W. Davie St. in Anna.

Swedlund's lecture is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. He plans to give a PowerPoint presentation titled "Civil War Photography."

Swedlund is an expert on and noted collector of historical photography.

In his lecture, Swedlund plans to discuss the photographic processes and the work of major photographers of the Civil War era.

Swedlund has two degrees in design from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has taught there and at Harvard University. 

Most of his career was spent as a professor of photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

Swedlund's photography has appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, most recently in Paris, France. 

Swedlund is recgonized for an important ongoing project documenting Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. 

His photography is represented in important collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York City and The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. 

Swedlund will be one of several guest speakers who are scheduled to give presentations on Saturday during the Civil War Weekend.

The weekend is scheduled to get underway Friday night, Feb. 8, with the seventh annual Lincoln Legacy Dinner.

The dinner is scheduled to include a presentation titled "Lincoln in the Movies." The presentation will be given by Bryon Andreasen. Andreasen is research historian with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

For more information, or to make reservations for the dinner, call 833-9928. Reservations are due no later than Monday, Feb. 4.

From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, the schedule at the Anna Arts Center will include exhibits, guest speakers, children's activities, Civil War era music and more.

At 7 p.m. Saturday the Anna Arts Center will present the play "Stories of the Blue and Gray." Call 618-697-0009 for reservations; tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

On Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m., an historical bus tour, "Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro," is planned. Tickets are $10. To make a reservation, call 833-8745 by Feb. 4. 

Other activities on Sunday include a 1 p.m. discussion by Bob Schmidt and Dr. Susan Whitemountain, who will discuss their Civil War era books.

At 2 p.m., Sunday, exhibit contest winners will  be recognized.

At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, "Stories of the Blue and Gray" will be presented again.Call 618-697-0009 for tickets, which are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

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