History Center opens photo exhibits in Gaylord Building

Lewis University’s History Center opens photography exhibits at the Gaylord Building

Published: February 4, 2015.

(L to R) Laura Pratt, History Center Graduate Assistant, and
Joycelyn Davila, Lockport Woman’s Club/Pat Darin Intern
display two photographs from the exhibit.

Lewis University’s History Center and the Gaylord Building Historic Site will display two exhibits Feb. 20-May 20, featuring several rarely seen images taken from the Illinois and Michigan Canal’s history. The exhibits, free and open to the public, will be on display at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Gaylord Building, located at 200 W. 8th Street, Lockport, Ill.

The first exhibit, “Lockport on View: Canal Community,” focuses on images of the headquarters of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. “Visions of the I&M Canal NHC at 30,” the second exhibit, captures the scope of the canal corridor from Chicago to LaSalle.

“There is no better place to show these images than the Gaylord Building,” said Dennis Cremin, Lewis University professor of history and director of the Lewis University History Center. “Lockport’s history is tied to this past, and the Gaylord Building’s reflects the past and is a core location along the nation’s first heritage corridor.”

The “Lockport on View: Canal Community” opening is timed to coincide with Main Street Lockport, Inc.’s “1836 Event,” which is at 6 p.m. Feb. 20. The evening’s event is open to the public but reservations are required. To make a reservation, visit www.visitlockport.com.

The “Visons of the I&M Canal NHC at 30” will be featured in a dinner at the Gaylord Building, highlighting Gerald W. Adelmann, President and CEO of Openlands. Adelmann coordinated the special project that led to the creation of the first national heritage corridor, and today, there are over 50 national heritage areas in the United States.

For more information on the exhibits contact the Gaylord Building at 815-838-9400 or info@gaylordbuilding.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,700 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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