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Canton Branch Library presents ‘Images of Historic Canton’ Print

More than 40 historic photographs of Canton will be on display at Canton Branch Library from July 9 through Aug. 31, and a public reception of the exhibit will be held at the library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9.

The “Images of Historic Canton” exhibition, which features black and white photographs from the 1890s through the 1950s, celebrates schools, churches, industry, culture and the people of Canton. From early images of the Champion paper mill to group photos of state and national champion sports teams to landmark buildings associated with Canton, this exhibit represents months of research and sorting through thousands of old photographs at the Canton Historical Museum.

Each photograph selected for the exhibit was digitally scanned and edited, enlarged, and printed by Roland Osborne. Nineteen of the photos were enlarged to 16” x 20” dimensions and framed at Earthworks Gallery in Waynesville. Each photo represents a unique facet of Canton’s history and is accompanied by a brief caption.

“Images of Historic Canton” is made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Town of Canton, as well as individual contributions from throughout the county. This exhibit is part of an on-going program known as the Haywood Snapshot Project, an outreach effort of the Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society. Peter and Lorna Sterling began the Haywood Snapshot Project in 2009 in order to save and catalogue historic Haywood County photographs, share them in public exhibits throughout the county, and sustain the program through community education and fund-raising. Michael Beadle now serves as the coordinator for the program. Previous Haywood Snapshot Project exhibits have been displayed at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre and the Haywood County Arts Council’s gallery in Waynesville. Other exhibits are on display at Waynesville businesses such as the Gateway Club and the Brown & Patton Attorneys office.

For more information on the exhibit to be held at Canton Branch Library, call (828) 648-2924.