Exhibit 1: Lantern
The Lantern Slide exhibit includes
approximately 300 lantern slides collected by Edwin B. Worthen, Sr., who used
them to give talks in the 1930s and 1940s to students, social and
professional groups and other audiences. The slides depict Lexington's
people, places and events from 1775 to 1954, showing glimpses of Lexington
during previous generations as well as how it changed during his lifetime.
Edwin B. Worthen, Jr., also used the slides to give talks in the early
Mr. Worthen, Sr. not only collected, organized and labeled the slides, he
also wrote narrative descriptions - some of which are quite detailed -
which served as scripted notes to describe the people, places and events in
the images and, in many cases, the reasons why they were important. Many of
the slides of individuals and groups indicate peoples' names, giving us the
ability to use them for family history research. Through these images and
their descriptions, we are able to get a glimpse of what life was like in
The narrative descriptions are included in the catalog records, within
quotation marks; several of them also have notes by Mr. Worthen, Jr. who
occasionally disagreed with his father about a name, location or date.
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