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A Perfect Likeness: Care and Identification of Family Photographs
La Porte, IN
10/01/2020 02:51 PM

The La Porte County Historical Society is pleased to announce its newest traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS), entitled A Perfect Likeness: Care and Identification of Family Photographs. The exhibit will run from Thursday, October 1 through Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum located at 2405 Indiana Avenue in La Porte.

The La Porte County Historical Society Museum is currently operating under reduced hours. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Masks are required of all visitors. Please contact the Museum with any questions at 219-324-6767 or

The identification and care of photographs and images passed down from generation to generation is showcased in the new exhibit, sponsored by IHS and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. The exhibit focuses on how families can preserve 19th century processes and formats such as the daguerreotype, tintype, ambrotype, cabinet card, and carte de visite.

Joan Hostetler, a historic photograph consultant, served as the exhibit's guest curator. “Although there is an established profession dedicated to conserving photographs, much of the research does not trickle down to the average person with cherished family photographs,” said Hostetler. “The goal of this exhibit is to bridge the gap by relaying information to the public on identifying, dating and caring for their photographs.”

Historical societies, museums, libraries, schools, and other nonprofit organizations in Indiana can book this and other traveling exhibits through IHS’s Local History Services department. Exhibits may be borrowed for approximately four to five weeks at a time. To book an exhibit, please contact Karen DePauw at or (317) 233-3110. For more information about the traveling exhibit program, visit

Michele Barber
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