Tom French, author of River Views: A History of the 1000 Islands in 3-D, will give a presentation on nineteenth century stereographs, three-dimensional photographs, of St. Lawrence County and the Thousand Islands at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association on Thursday, April 20th at noon, as part of their monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series. Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public: bring your own lunch, complimentary beverages and dessert will be provided by the SLCHA.
The presentation will include a brief history of stereography and images of St. Lawrence County and the Thousand Islands that do not appear in the book. French will also bring a number of stereoview reproductions and viewers so that the audience can have an opportunity to view the images in 3-D, as they were meant to be seen. After the presentation, he will be available for questions and a book signing.
Tom French teaches English in Massena, NY. His work has been featured in Mac|Life, Adirondack Explorer, Adirondack Life, ThousandIslandLife.com, Stereo World, and The Watertown Daily Times. River Views: A History of the 1000 Islands in 3-D was awarded a Silver Medal for Best Regional Book in the Northeast in the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Awards; the book comes with a special viewer that allows readers to view the 125-year-old photographs of the Thousand Islands in three dimensions.
The Brown Bag Lunch Series is a lunch time lecture series dedicated to the memory of Patricia Harrington Carson, who founded the series during her 24 years as a Trustee of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association.
For more information about the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at (315) 386-8133, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
Photo: Stereograph of Hatfield House in Massena Springs, ca. 1890, courtesy SLCHA.