It’s an unusual proposition. Taos Historic Museums (THM) and Taos County Historical Society (TCHS) are planning an exhibit of historic photographs and they want members of the public to help identify the people pictured in them.
Most people know that shortly after the technology for photography became widely used in the late 1800s, many photographers set out to chronicle aspects of life in the USA they felt were rapidly disappearing. It became a tool for artists, too. And, eventually, in the early part of the 20th century, people who traveled the West would take along a camera to shoot snapshots of their journeys.
Amid all this picture taking, many, many people were photographed, but unless the photographer wrote down the names of their subjects, the identity of these people were often lost to history.
Now, an exhibit titled “Taos Memories Forgotten Now Remembered” is planned to open Saturday (Aug. 12), 3-6 p.m., at both La Hacienda de los Martínez and the Blumenschein Home and Museum in Taos.
“Join us and help identify possible family members, friends and enjoy these rarely seen photographs. This is a show for all ages and cultures of Taos,” a press release reads.
The two-location show features a wide variety of historic photographs from the THM and TCHS collections. Photograph copies will be available for purchase. The show runs at both museums until Oct. 9.
The Blumenschein Home and Museum is located at 222 Ledoux St. Call (575) 758-0505. La Hacienda de los Martínez is at 708 Hacienda Road, off Lower Ranchitos Road. Call (575) 758-1000.