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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Moving Images of Work Life Screening

Catalogers Katrina Dixon, Karen Wyatt, and Tim Rohe curated a public screening, Work Life Revealed, on January 20 at Northeast Historic Film's cinema.

The audience included community members and scholars. Among the viewers were artists, graduate student Sarah Ruddy, University of Maine art historian Justin Wolff, long-time and new members of Northeast Historic Film, and board members. Staff support by Jessica Hosford, Jane Donnell, and Barbara Manning.

Special guests from Palermo, Maine, introduced the work of Milton Dowe from the Palermo Historical Society Collection. In the center above Gary Dyer, who said that the moving images were important for understanding both the nature place and the creativity of individuals. Dyer spoke movingly of his sense of patriotism and the human bonds the film represents.

Joe Gardner and Audrey Young were responsible for the transfers on the screen, with Phil Yates and Gemma Perretta projecting. Simmons GSLIS intern Tim Rohe, who received his degree this month, traveled from Boston to present excerpts from two collections he cataloged: the Charles S. Houston Collection, and Everett Greaton Collection. See program below.

Audience members spoke up during the screening; we noted particular interest in ice harvesting, hay baling, and the mayhem of landscape architect's Sidney Shurcliff's Motormaulers Club film. The evening was also a thank you to media cataloger Katrina Dixon, who--sadly for us--leaves Northeast Historic Film this week.

Movie Queen Collections excerpts
Boston Amateur Theatre Guild productions, 1936

Maine Sea Coast Mission Collection
Launching of Sunbeam III, 1939

Charles S. Houston Collection
Excerpt from Navy-sponsored film
Operation Everest, 1946

Irving S. Forbes Collection
Sheep on Naushon Island, MA, 1915

Ernest Groth Collection
Excerpt from Harvesting Ice, Spring Brook
Ice Company, New Britain, CT, 1926

Palermo Historical Society Collection
Hay baling, 1938
Remote control breakfast, ca. 1937

Everett Greaton Collection
Seaweed harvesting in Maine, ca. 1946

Hiram Historical Society Collection
Hiram Fire Department’s first fire engine, 1937

Charles B. Hinds Collection
Interior of the A.S. Hinds Laboratory, 1925

Sally Johnston Collection
Summer stock actors at Lakewood Theatre
in Skowhegan, ca. 1936

Alan Bemis Collection
Excerpt from the Motormaulers Club film
Junkman's Holiday, 1932


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