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University Museum to present public lecture and book signing

University Museum to present public lecture and book signing


Mexico State University Museum will present a public lecture and book signing by Robert Shlaer, author of "Sights Once Seen: Daguerreotyping Fremont's Last Expedition through the Rockies," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in Kent Hall on the university campus.

The event is in conjunction with the Museum of New Mexico's Traveling Exhibitions Program "Sights Once Seen," which consists of 100 contemporary photographs tracing John Fremont's 1853 expedition from Missouri to California in his attempt to locate a proposed transcontinental railroad.

Shlaer, a modern daguerreotypist from Santa Fe, is the curator of the exhibition and author of an extensively illustrated book on the project.

A daguerreotype is a photograph made by an early method on a plate of chemically treated metal.

The lecture details the work of Shlaer, who retraced Fremont's route, documenting the expedition with daguerreotypes he made himself.

Fifty copies of his book will be for sale at the lecture and signing.

For more information call (505) 646-3739.