KOKOMO – The Howard County Historical Society wants to ensure all family pictures receive the attention they deserve, from boxes of unidentified photographs to discs of digital images.

Learn how to identify and care for photos at a free workshop at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Elliott House, 1218 W. Sycamore St. The 90-minute program will explore dating images, digitizing historic photos and organizing traditional and electronic photos, according to a HCHS press release.

Presenter Joan Hostetler will discuss how to examine and interpret historic photographs, reviewing processes and formats from the daguerreotype to snapshot.

She will also explore internal dating clues, such as clothing, hairstyles, automobiles, props, photographers' backstamps and even ear shapes.

Hostetler is a historic photograph specialist who works with archives and individuals across the state. She received a master's degree in imaging arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a certificate in photographic preservation and archives management from the George Eastman Museum.  

Bring along Indiana photographs for the Indiana Album Project

In connection with the workshop, the public is encouraged to bring interesting Indiana-related photographs for an Indiana Album Scan-a-Thon between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The nonprofit online archive takes hidden gems from the attic to the web by scanning, cataloging and sharing historic photographs of all eras that are normally hidden in family photo albums or shoe boxes.

Desired topics include photographs of Indiana houses, farms, businesses, schools, churches, bands, clubs, street scenes, transportation or interesting people, including portraits of prominent or pioneer residents, people participating in activities or great snapshots of everyday life.

Scanning technicians will make high resolution scans while people wait and the scans and catalog record will later be uploaded to an online catalog. All photos will be carefully handled and immediately returned to the owners.

Visit the Indiana Album web page - www.indianaalbum.com - to see some of the 7,500 images loaned so far. Learn how to submit your own scans by contacting Project Director Joan Hostetler at 317-771-4129 or info@indianaalbum.com.

Reservations are recommended: please contact museum staff at 765-452-4314.

This program is funded in part by Indiana Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant administered by the Indiana State Library.

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