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Westford Museum to showcase glass plate collection


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The Westford Museum and Historical Society presents – Westford 100 years ago: A Close up look at the Glass Plate Negative in the Hildreth Collection. Take a moment to look back at some of the events and sights from around Westford 100 years ago with Dan Lacroix and Marilyn Day.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 @7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Westford, MA, 01886

In the early decades of the 20th century Charles L. Hildreth photographed the people and places of Westford and beyond, primarily on 4×5″ glass plates.  Over 900 of these plates have recently been digitized by Dan Lacroix, allowing us to fully appreciate the remarkable detail that large format photography is able to capture.

Dan and Marilyn Day will highlight the finer, generally unseen details within a selection of Westford images, shedding light on life in our town over a century ago.

Charles Lewis Hildreth (1879-1968) a local lawyer, served as Town Clerk of Westford from 1915 to 1966. Thanks to the meticulous documentation of Charles L. Hildreth, most of the images were labeled and dated. “The paper envelopes [the slides were in] were frayed but information was still written there,” Day said.

The Charles L. Hildreth collection of glass plate negatives, is on permanent loan to the Westford Historical Society by the Paul MacMillan family.

Dan Lacroix has been a member of the Westford Historical Society’s  Board of Directors since 2000.  He has a great interest in all things 18th century, but also in photography, which led to his desire to digitally archive this priceless collection of Westford photographs.

Marilyn (Green) Day, Westford Author, and Historian. Marilyn is a former director of the Westford Museum and is currently a member of the Westford Historical Society’s Board of Directors.

Program Donation $10 per person. For more information see the Westford Museum and Historical Society website at www.musuem.westford.org

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Ben Domaingue
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Ben Domaingue has previously worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and is the Managing Editor covering Westford. He’s passionate about community journalism, photography and hiking. Email him at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org.