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Northern New Jersey Chapter

Monthly Programs

Victorian Society in America - Northern New Jersey Chapter

VSA-NNJ meets monthly from September to June for lectures and events

related to 19th Century history, usually on the third Monday of the month. 

Our next program will be:

 Magic Lanterns

Monday, October 17th, 2022

at 7 PM  

Montclair Women's Club, 82 Union Street, Montclair NJ 

This venue is handicap accessible.  Parking is available behind the building and on the street.

Individually wrapped light refreshments, coffee and tea will be served.

The program is free for members,

and $10 for guests.

This presentation will provide an overview of the magic lantern’s role in entertainment and education in Victorian America.  The magic lantern, the popular name for the original slide projector, was invented in the 17th century.  By the 19th century, glass lantern slides were widely used in public entertainments, public lectures, and formal education.  This program will feature dramatic readings of Edgar Allen Poe's “The Raven” and the “Bottle: A Temperance Lesson”,  Special Effect slides, and more.

Elizabeth Shepard wrote her thesis on the history of the magic lantern for her degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University.  She began collecting lantern slides when she worked at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NJ.  She has worked as a museum curator and archivist at the Chapman Museum (Glens Falls, NY), Montclair Public Library, and Weill Cornell Medical Center Archives.  She is currently the archivist at the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs Archives.

Elizabeth will be joined by professional actors Janet Aldrich and Jeremy Whitener. 

For more information, please contact christinapmayer@gmail.com 

or 973-886-9956.


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