Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 2:00p -
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Date Idea, Lectures & Conferences
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.