Memoirs of Civil War veteran and Scranton mayor Ezra Ripple to be illustrated in glass slide exhibit at Scranton University
SCRANTON — The University of Scranton will exhibit glass slides telling the stories of Civil War veteran and Scranton mayor Ezra Ripple in the Hope Horn Gallery from Feb. 5 through March 11. The exhibit will be free and open to the public and can be viewed during gallery hours.
Ripple commissioned artist James Taylor, one of America’s best known artists at the the time, to create the slides, and in the 1890s, Ripple used them as visual aids for public lectures about his experiences as a prisoner of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The exhibit, “Andersonville and Florence Prisons: The Ezra Hoyt Ripple Memoir” will be a digitally reproduced version of the slides that were originally projected from a lantern.
Director of the Hope Horn Gallery, Darlene Miller-Lanning will lecture on the exhibit at 5 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall. Following the presentation, a public reception will take place at 6 p.m. at the Hope Horn Gallery in Hyland Hall. The presentation and reception are also free and open to the public.
The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society and presented in conjunction with the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and the city of Scranton.
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