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17 Men: A Conversation with Shayne Davidson (virtual)

March 2, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Illustrator Shayne Davidson, who curated the exhibit, will discuss how she came upon a historic photo album, the treasures it contained, and creating the exhibit.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Shayne Davidson holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Medical and Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan. After she retired from commercial illustration, she focused her attention on genealogy. While creating a family tree for a friend, she was told about an album owned by Captain William Prickitt containing tiny photos of 17 Civil War soldiers who served under Prickitt in the USCT. Fascinated by the photos, she extensively researched the men’s lives and drew their life-sized portraits. The resulting work became a traveling exhibit titled Seventeen Men.

Her talk will include an introduction to Captain Prickitt and his album. She’ll also provide some highlights about how she researched the men in the album. She hopes her talk will pique curiosity about the often-overlooked contributions of the men who served in the USCT and the challenges they faced in their lives.

Admission is Pay as You Wish!

Register here!

Your donation is greatly appreciated. All proceeds benefit the development of future programming and the preservation of the History Center and its collections. The History Center is home to over 70,000 artifacts, 750,000 manuscripts and 100,000 photographs, and your donation helps us to preserve and share those resources.

Presentation is via Zoom, and will be recorded and available for 7 days for all registered participants. We will email out a Zoom link the day of the presentation, and email a link to the recording within 48 hours. Note: the Zoom link emailed out the day of the presentation only takes you to the live presentation; the link emailed out the day after will contain the recorded version.

This exhibit was made possible with support from Civil War Trails.


March 2, 2023
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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