The Daguerreian Society

Maryland Historical Society
The 24th Daguerreian Society Symposium will be held in Baltimore, Maryland on November 8-11.

The Symposium Lectures will take place in France Hall Friday, November 9, 2012, courtesy of Burt Kummerow, President, and Mr. Ross Kelbaugh, Guest Curator at the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Maryland.

The museum will feature an exhibition for the Symposium, entitled Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War.

Founded in 1844, the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is the state's oldest continuously operating cultural institution. In keeping with the founders' commitment to preserve the remnants of Maryland's past, MdHS remains the premier institution for state history. With over 350,000 objects and seven million books and documents, this institution now serves upward of 100,000 people through its museum, library, press, and educational programs.

Martha Ann Atavis

CSPH 545
Atavis, Martha Ann "Patty" (ca. 1816-1874)
Date/Artist unknown
3.75 x 3.25 inches
Cased Photograph Collection
Special Collections
Martha Ann Atavis generaly [sic] known as
"Patty", Died February 26th, 1874, 58 years
old over 36 years the devoted nurse in the
family of Dr. John Whitridge of Baltimore

2012 Symposium Schedule


Wednesday Nov 7
9 AM - 5 PM: DC Exhibit Tour with behind-the-scenes tour at the Library of Congress (Constant Contact online sign-up)

Thursday Nov 8
8 AM: Board of Directors Meeting
9 AM - 5 PM: DC Exhibit Tour with behind-the-scenes tour at the Library of Congress (Constant Contact online sign-up)
12 PM - 1 PM: Cone Collection Tour at the Baltimore Museum of Art (Constant Contact online sign-up)
7-9 PM: Gala Reception at MdHS

Friday Nov 9
8:30 AM - 5 PM: Lectures, Lunch and Business Meeting at MdHS
9:00 PM: Contemporary Daguerreian Salon in the Hospitality Suite, Renaissance Harborplace Hotel

Saturday Nov 10
  8 AM: Dealer Setup
  9 AM: Members In
  10 AM - 4 PM
       Public Admission ($10 Adults, $5 Students w/ID)
       Date A Dag with Joan Severa, Book Signings with Ross Kelbaugh, Joan Severa, Dr. Stanley Burns
6 PM: Cocktail Hour & Silent Auction
7 PM: Dinner & Silent Auction
9 PM - 10:30: PM Live Benefit Auction

Sunday Nov 11
10 AM: Workshop for the 2013 Symposium in Bry-sur-Marne & Paris

The Outstanding Speakers of 2012

Terry Ownby, PhD
Terry Ownby, PhD
Steve Turner
Steve Turner
Terry Ownby, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO, where his scholarly research focuses on social and self-identity construction through photographic analyses using visual semiotics and visual ethnography. He established Antiquarian Images, Ltd., in 1995, as a dealer, consultant, and researcher in 19th century American photographic images. His lecture is entitled Daguerreotypists, photographers, and patrons of 19th century imagery: Reconstructing silent voices from the past.

Steve Turner is a historian of science and Curator of Physical Sciences at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. His presentation Henry Fitz of Baltimore, will be about the noted printer, locksmith, photographer, and telescope maker. Turner is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and a former editor of the scientific instrument journal, Rittenhouse. His research interests include the history of physics, the history of scientific imaging and the history of American science education.

Erin Waters
Erin Waters
Ross Kelbaugh
Ross Kelbaugh
For her first symposium lecture Erin Waters is presenting Daguerreotypes in Duplicate, A Survey of Copy Photography and Advertising, 1840s-1930s. Waters is a full-time photography dealer based in Lancaster, PA. While she loves all sorts of vintage images, daguerreotypes have always had a special place in her heart. Thanks to her dad, her first trip to a Daguerreian Society Symposium was in 1989, to Norfolk, VA, when she was eleven. This talk on copy images draws from her own collection, as well as Casey's, her brother.

Ross Kelbaugh, a charter member of The Daguerreian Society, native of Maryland and retired history educator, will lecture on The Daguerreotype in Maryland 1839-2012: Highlights from a personal journey of Daguerreian research & collecting and some of the entrepreneurs, visionaries, pinheads and scoundrels encountered along the way. Over the past forty years, he has assembled the largest private collection of vintage Maryland photographs and related material in the state.

The Smithsonian Institution Presents:
Shannon Perich
Shannon Perich
Edward Vicenzi
Edward Vicenzi
Shannon Thomas Perich is Curator of Photography at the NMAH. She has authored The Changing Face in Portrait Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital and Portrait of A Family about Richard Avedon's 1961 photographs of the John F. Kennedy Family. Perich blogs for the Museum's website at "O Say Can You See," and is a contributor to National Public Radio's photography blog, "The Picture Show." She also teaches History of Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

Edward P. Vicenzi is a research scientist and microanalysis expert at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum Conservation Institute. He uses a variety of techniques to probe natural and manufactured materials to understand their origin and history. Vicenzi will discuss Daguerreotype Photography, An Example of Nineteenth Century Nanotechnology.

Melvin Wachowiak
Melvin Wachowiak
Melvin J. Wachowiak will speak on Updated Methods for Digitization of Daguerreotypes.

Melvin J. Wachowiak has been at the Smithsonian since 1989, and involved in projects in the fine arts, anthropology and archeology, and the history of technology collections. He has lectured widely, and his work on protective and decorative coatings resulted in US Patents in 2000 and 2001. Since 2004, he has lead MCI's use of new and advanced spatial and spectral imaging techniques such as 3D scanning, 3D microscopy, and other computational and digital imaging.

Matthew Isenburg
Matthew Isenburg
Matthew Isenburg, one of the premier collectors of the history of early photography has lived in the same 1780 house in Hadlyme CT for almost fifty years. He is one of two original founders of the Daguerreian Society. Thousands of people have visited his home from all six populated continents over the years. His timely presentation is The Isenburg Collection: How it started, what it became, what made it interesting, and what happens next?

Symposium Headquarters

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

The Symposium headquarters will be the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Tel: 1-410-547-1200 Fax: 1-410-539-5780.

The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace is a luxury hotel in downtown Baltimore overlooking its famous Inner Harbor, located near popular Inner Harbor attractions, restaurants and shopping.

Our special room rate is $149 per night, including complimentary high speed Internet in each room.

Baltimore Waterfront

Reservations at the Society's discount rate can be made on line here. Reservations may also be made by phone with Passkey at 1-800-266-9432, and for ADA accomodations. If you make reservations by phone be sure to mention the group code "The Daguerreian Society Symposium" to receive the discounted rate.

We strongly suggest you make your Renaissance reservations now. Rooms will be available at the discount rate until October 9 or until they are sold out, so book early!

You might want to consider signing up for the Marriott Rewards program, which allows you to receive points at the Renaissance for future hotel stays. Join by clicking here.

If you'd like shuttle service to and from the airport (BWI Airport) we have a discount of $3 on a round trip from SuperShuttle and a 10% discount with ExecuCar. You may also call 1-800-258-3826 to make reservations, but be sure to mention the group code 66EQ7 to receive the discount. More details, including arrival instructions, are available at that link.

If you arrive at Penn Station, taxicabs will be available outside the station. If you're driving to Baltimore and use GPS, go to this address, which is the location of the actual Renaissance hotel entrance: 148 South Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

The Society is receiving a reduced rate for parking at the Renaissance. Normally the overnight rate is $46/night in this City of Baltimore owned garage. Our overnight discounted rate with the Renaissance is $28.

Baltimore should be experiencing fall weather, with an early November average high of around 60 degrees and average low of 45 degrees. You can check forecasts here.

Symposium Registration and TradeFair

Would you like to attend the Symposium? Registration forms will be sent out in Quarterlies. The form is also be available in PDF format here.

2012 TradeFair

The TradeFair will be held at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel on Saturday, November 10. TradeFair admission is free for Symposium registrants.

A coupon offering $5 off general admission is available here or by clicking on the TradeFair card, left.

About the Symposium
The Daguerreian Society sponsors a four-day Symposium during the Fall of every year, full of presentations, behind-the scenes tours, discussions, a TradeFair, and enjoying the company of other persons who love images from the daguerreian era. Past Symposiums have been held in Rochester, New York; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Columbus, Ohio; Norfolk, Virginia; Boston, Massachusetts; Oakland and Sacramento, California; Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Dearborn, Michigan; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Kansas City, Missouri; Newport, Rhode Island; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and St. Petersburg, Florida. Society members receive reduced admission to the Symposiums.

The Symposium includes:

  • Lecture Presentations on the Daguerreotype.
  • Exhibitions of daguerreotypes, often in conjunction with an institution.
  • The Daguerreian Society TradeFair with dealers from around the U.S. and Canada, offering the world's largest display of daguerreotypes for sale. Symposium attendees receive free early admission (prior to general public admission).
  • An evening Dinner Banquet, which concludes with:
  • A lively Benefit Auction of donated and consigned daguerreotypes.

Daguerreian Society TradeFair

Future Symposia

DC Antique Photo Show Collaboration - Spring 2013

Dates: March 9 - 10, 2013

DC Antique Photo Show

Headquarters Hotel:
Holiday Inn Rosslyn
1900 N Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209

Bry-sur-Marne & Paris Symposium, Fall 2013

Dates: October 9 - 13, 2013

The City of Bry-sur-Marne, France
Jean-Pierre SPILBAUER, Maire de Bry-sur-Marne, Conseiller Régional d'Ile-de-France
Musée Adriene Mentienne, Margaret CALVARIN, Curator of Photography

Headquarters Hotel:

Austin 2014

Dates: October 30 - November 2, 2014

Texas State Library & Archives Commission
John Anderson, Preservation Officer
Archives and Information Services Division
1201 Brazos, Austin, TX 78701

Headquarters Hotel:
Sheraton Austin at the Capitol
701 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701

West Coast 2015

Dates: TBD

Host: TBD

West Coast of the United States

Headquarters Hotel: TBD

Past Symposia

The links below give you access to all the details of the most recent Daguerreian Society symposia:

2011 Symposium

2010 Symposium

2009 Symposium

2008 Symposium

2007 Symposium

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