Lecture: Mining our History: What We Can Learn from Photos of the Past with Dr. Aimee Newell The Luzerne County Historical Society has thousands of photos from the 1800s and 1900s documenting all aspects of the past, including coal mining and its effects on the people and the landscape of our area. Join LCHS Executive Director Aimee Newell as she shares some of these mining-related photos and explores what they can teach us about our history, along with how they resonate with the photos in the Rust Belt Biennial. Aimee Newell is the Executive Director of the Luzerne County Historical Society in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and an MBA from Suffolk University. She has previously worked at the Nantucket Historical Association, Old Sturbridge Village and the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library. She is on the board of PA Museums, Pennsylvania’s statewide museum association, and on the steering committee for AASLH’s Small Museums Affinity Group. About the Exhibition Rust Belt Biennial Exhibition Dates: August 27 - October 5, 2019 We are thrilled to host the first Rust Belt Biennial, a celebration of photography with work realized throughout the Rust Belt Region in all its manifestations. This land, its people, the pride and the struggles, the patina of the past and above all, the histories and memories ingrained in the soil across the region. It is time to make new memories and new histories, while revisiting and reevaluating old ones; It is time to start a new dialogue about the state of photography and it’s social, cultural and political effects in our society; it is time to give back to the photographic community but also the region; it is time for you to join us! For additional information and gallery hours, please visit our website.