Hagley Exhibit Honors 100 Years of the United States Chamber of Commerce

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Hagley Museum and Library celebrates the 100th anniversary of the United States Chamber of Commerce with a new exhibit, “100 Years of Picturing the Nation’s Business: Photographs from the Collection of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America.” This exhibit of photographs will show the history of business in the United States in the twentieth century and the Chamber’s role in ensuring the growth of the U. S. economy. This exhibit opens September 8, 2012, and runs through February 3, 2013. It is included in regular admission.

Photographer: Anonymous (Sylvania Electric - Pennsylvania Railroad photograph) A night photograph taken to mark the centennial of the Horseshoe Curve on the Pennsylvania Railroad (as the Trail Blazer train, en route to Chicago, passed an Altoona-bound freight train, the scene was illuminated with six thousand photo flash bulbs)

Hagley Museum and Library celebrates the 100th anniversary of the United States Chamber of Commerce with a new exhibit, “100 Years of Picturing the Nation’s Business: Photographs from the Collection of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America.” This exhibit of photographs will show the history of business in the United States in the twentieth century and the Chamber’s role in ensuring the growth of the U. S. economy. This exhibit opens September 8, 2012, and runs through February 3, 2013. It is included in regular admission.

“100 Years of Picturing the Nation’s Business: Photographs from the Collection of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America” features original prints from some of the twentieth century’s greatest photographers such as Lewis Hine, Margaret Bourke-White, Arthur Rothstein, William Rittase, Robert Yarnall Richie, Dorothea Lange, in addition to anonymous corporate and commercial photographers, and photographs from U. S. government agencies. Some pictures capture moments in our nation’s history: reaction to the stock market crash, aftermath of the Dust Bowl, and news of the Titanic sinking. Other pictures show companies such as Ford Motors and American Airlines as they made their start in the twentieth century.

A digital exhibit of “100 Years of Picturing the Nation’s Business: Photographs from the Collection of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States” is available at http://www.hagley.org/library/exhibits/nationsbusiness/.

This exhibit is sponsored, in part, by the Chamber of Commerce of United States of America. Media sponsorship is provided by Delaware Today.

About the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Collection at Hagley
Hagley began housing the U. S. Chamber of Commerce collection in 1992. In addition to administrative records, there are numerous publications in the collection, including a nearly complete run of The Nation’s Business magazine. Hagley recently received the entire print library formerly housed in the Chamber’s headquarters.

About the Library
Hagley Library is the nation’s leading business history library, archives, and research center. Current holdings comprise 37,000 linear feet in the Manuscripts and Archives Department, 290,000 printed volumes in the Imprints Department, 2 million visual items in the Pictorial Department, and more than 220,000 digital images and pages in the Digital Archives Department. Hagley’s Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society offers conferences, research seminars, and a public lecture series, and operates a research grant program.

Admission
Admission to the entire 235-acre museum, including the exhibit, is $11 for adults, $9 for students and senior citizens, $4 for children six to fourteen, and free for children five and under. Exhibit only admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children six through fourteen, and free for children five and under. Free for members.

Hagley Museum and Library
Hagley Museum and Library collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. Hagley is located on Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware. For more information, call (302) 658-2400 weekdays or visit http://www.hagley.org.

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