Historic Wet-Plate Photography at CBMSO


May 10 & 11, 2014; 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

John Milleker- Historic Wet Plate Photography - Civil War & Clara Barton Museum

The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office will host a special program on Civil War Era wet-plate photography on Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11, 2014. As part of the special exhibit, “Bringing the Story of War to Our Doorsteps: Rediscovering Alexander Gardner’s Antietam Photographs,” wet-plate photographer John Milleker will be in residence demonstrating the fascinating and often misunderstood collodion process used by Matthew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and other Civil War photographers.


Mr. Milleker will be in the historic space of the Missing Soldiers Office from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM both days, demonstrating the same photographic processes that produced Alexander Gardner’s original images of the battlefield dead in 1862. Mr. Milleker and his assistants will give scheduled demonstrations each day at 11:30AM, 1:30 PM, and 3:30 PM, with additional demonstrations possible as visitors may gather. This program will be a rare opportunity for residents and visitors of Washington to witness Civil War Era photography first-hand.

 Historic Wet Plate Photography- Clara Barton & Civil War Medicine Museum

This special wet-plate photography program is free with paid admission to the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office. If visitors wish, they may have an authentic wet-plate tintype or ambrotype (glass plate) photograph made of themselves for a cost of $40. Proceeds from the sale of these historically correct photographs will benefit the museum.

For more information please contact Kyle Wichtendahl at 301-695-1864 ex. 1013 or kyle.wichtendahl@civilwarmed.org.

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