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The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost - Mass Historical Society - Free Lecture

Saturday, October 21, 2017

More than just a ghost story; this is a portrait of a young nation struggling to separate fact from fiction. The trial of spirit photographer William H. Mumler, who claimed he could take pictures of the souls of the dead, is detailed by the Smithsonian's Peter Manseau in a lecture that also explores the battlefield exploits of the fathers of photojournalism Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner, who created frauds of their own.

These stories offer a view of our nation's obsession with the afterlife, and our reluctance to choose science over fantasy.

Location:
Massachusetts Historical Society

1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215

Sponsor(s): Massachusetts Historical Society
Time(s): 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Email: programs@masshist.org
Website: https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=2290

Date Added: Friday, September 01, 2017
All information is subject to change.

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