Friday, May 27, 2011

"Our Community, Our Stories," A New Exhibit at the Jeffcoat Museum for Summer 2011

The Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum is featuring a new portrait photography exhibit, "Our Community, Our Stories: Through the Eyes of the Jeffcoat Studio," featuring several different stories about some of our area’s residents.  This exhibit will be available to view through September 3rd, 2011 at the Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum.

In 1921, Paul H. Jeffcoat opened a small photography studio in Abilene and began taking portraits for many different individuals.  In 1925, Jeffcoat constructed a new studio in Abilene, which is home to the museum today.  His son, Bill, took up the trade as well, and together, the Jeffcoat family worked in photography for the greater part of the twentieth century.  

This exhibit features over fifty photographs of many different residents of the Dickinson County area.  Accompanying each photograph is a brief caption, many of which were written by Bill Jeffcoat himself.  The people featured in this exhibit were/are businessmen and women, homemakers, farmers, store clerks, plus many others.  Separate, they are simple stories; but together, they form a community.

Admission is free of charge, and the museum is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm after Memorial Day.  If you would like to schedule another time to visit the museum, arrangements can easily be made.  The Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum is located at 321 N. Broadway, Abilene.  For more information or to schedule a private viewing, please contact the Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum at (785) 263-9882, or call the Dickinson County Historical Society at (785) 263-2681.

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