Rushville Republican

May 9, 2013

Genealogical Society to host photo expert

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Learn to interpret, date, and protect family photographs during a free workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at the local Elks Lodge.

Joan Hostetler, a photographic preservation specialist, will discuss the revealing history of formats from 1840 daguerreotypes to today’s digital snapshots. She’ll also review internal dating evidence, such as clothing and traceable photographers, and share images from her archives that hold significant clues.

The session ends with recommendations for environments and enclosures that minimize damage to photos over time.

Hostetler graduated from Herron School of Art and received an MFA in Imaging Arts/Museum Studies from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a graduate of the Photographic Preservation and Archives Management Program at George Eastman House of International Museum of Photography and Film.

Hostetler is co-owner of Heritage Photo & Research Services based in Indianapolis. Past clients include the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana Historical Society, Marion Public Library, RKO Pictures and the Jefferson County Historical Society.

She previously worked at the Indiana Historical Society as a visual collections assistant and exhibitions coordinator.

Attendees may send problematic or interesting images in advance to