Back in December, the Historical Society's staff and volunteers brainstormed some new projects that we hope will help you connect to Lexington history better and support our work at the same time. A few of those initiatives have already launched (here and here) and we have another one in the works!
One of our Programs and Events Committee members suggested making custom images with modern folks added. We experimented with historic photos and paintings in our collection, but alteration to archival images is generally not a wise idea. It can muddle the authenticity of both the real and the altered images in the future.
We also had to select images that did not carry copyright restrictions, which can be tricky with both modern and historic images. Both photographs and paintings can carry copyright for many years after the creator's death. Since we are planning to offer these images for sale (likely $10-15), we had to be very careful. In the end, we settled on our own historic properties and some classic Lexington scenes.
Bernie Sanders, since he was such a meme celebrity after the Inauguration, has been subbed in for YOU in these images. Help us get this project from my desk to your inbox by voting on your favorite concepts in the poll below. If you have another suggestion, please add it as well. Thank you for your support!
-Stacey Fraser, Collections and Outreach Manager
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