Tidd house
Tidd house

Red Taylor sight-seeing bus
Red Taylor sight-seeing bus

Marrett Road construction
Marrett Road construction

The Ball sisters
The Ball sisters

LHS Class of 1897
LHS Class of 1897

Thomas Cosgrove
Thomas Cosgrove

Exhibit 1: Lantern Slides

The Lantern Slide exhibit includes approximately 300 lantern slides collected by Edwin B. Worthen, Sr., who used them to give talks in the 1930s and 1940s to students, social and professional groups and other audiences. The slides depict Lexington's people, places and events from 1775 to 1954, showing glimpses of Lexington during previous generations as well as how it changed during his lifetime. Edwin B. Worthen, Jr., also used the slides to give talks in the early 1960s.

Mr. Worthen, Sr. not only collected, organized and labeled the slides, he also wrote narrative descriptions - some of which are quite detailed - which served as scripted notes to describe the people, places and events in the images and, in many cases, the reasons why they were important. Many of the slides of individuals and groups indicate peoples' names, giving us the ability to use them for family history research. Through these images and their descriptions, we are able to get a glimpse of what life was like in Lexington.

The narrative descriptions are included in the catalog records, within quotation marks; several of them also have notes by Mr. Worthen, Jr. who occasionally disagreed with his father about a name, location or date.

To see some interesting examples, click one of the links on the left side of the page.

To search the entire collection, return Home and click on the Search All Exhibits button at the bottom of the page.

Questions? Please contact the Reference Department at 781-862-6288 x. 250, or send an email to askcary@minlib.net.


 

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