Civil War-Era Drawings
from the Becker Collection

June 7 to October 19, 2013

Guest Lecture: Harold Holzer
August 30, 4-5pm, Rubendall Recital Hall

Exhibition Reception: August 30, 5-7pm

In 1900 Joseph Becker retired from his career, which had spanned four decades at Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper (Leslie’s) and its related publications—first as errand boy, then artist-reporter, and later art department director. When he left the publisher’s offices in New York City, he took with him nearly seven hundred original drawings, which he and other artist-reporters, often called Special Artists, had produced since the 1860s as source material for the illustrations that accompanied news stories Leslie’s published. Some of the drawings that Becker chose to save had been used to create wood engravings, which were cast into metal plates then printed in the newspaper. These drawing represent an archive of visual evidence of some of the most tumultuous events in American history.




Saturday, June 8, 2013
10 AM until 2 PM

Weiss Center for the Arts Lawn

240 West High Street, Dickinson College, Carlisle

Meet Civil War Soldiers and characters from the past! Food, games, crafts, and activities for kids! Visit the exhibition in The Trout Gallery - First Hand: Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection

In case of rain, the event will be held inside the Weiss Center