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Researching Family Photos - Following the Clues

presented by Donna Cummins,

Associate to the Dean of Students at Whitman College


Date of lecture: Thursday August 28th, 2014

@ 5 pm



This talk will cover methods to help identifying old family photographs. It will cover ways to verify that identification with historical photographic information as well as family information and structure. Old family photographs are important resources that add to our knowledge and understanding for both personal family history and local history and culture.


Donna Cummins is the Associate to the Dean of Students at Whitman College. Her family and that of her husband's family have been in Eastern Washington and the Walla Walla valley since the 1840s . With this strong relationship to the region and her in depth knowledge of photographic identification she has been researching towards making a book about early Walla Walla photographers. Cummins has also written several self-published books including, James and Mary Kenyon, Their Album. For this book Donna took a Victorian album of unidentified photographs that belonged to her great grandmother, Mary Fitzpatrick Kenyon (1870-1941), and through careful analysis was able to identify over 50% of them.


Please join us at the Museum for this talk which will help us all to enrich our knowledge of our own family histories and that of our community.


The image shown is of Amasa Cummins circa 1896.




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