History Drawn with Light

In 1840, almost a soon as photography arrived in America, the MHS began to collect images of notable figures, artifacts, and landscapes recorded with “the pencil of nature.” Examples of these early photographs will be on display 11 March to 3 June in the Society’s exhibition, History Drawn with Light. View one of Boston’s oldest photographs, the Old Feather Store by Francis Calley Gray, together with portraits and views by early daguerreotype artists such as the notable Albert S. Southworth and Josiah J. Hawes, and the later work of professional and amateur photographers who documented 19th-century American history as it unfolded. The exhibition is free and open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM.