An annual display in the historic mansion provides a glimpse of George Eastman’s life and work one hundred years ago. The new selection of objects detail the goings on in 1921: from the settlement of the long-running lawsuit between the US government and Kodak, to the company’s founding of Eastman Savings & Loan (today, ESL Federal Credit Union) to help employees save and purchase homes. Eastman also spent the year focused on Rochester, diving into the local government and economy, running a tonsil clinic for area children, and continuing construction on the Eastman Theatre, which would finally open in 1922. See original objects from the collection related to these and other aspects of Eastman’s life in 1921, on view through the year in the Sitting Room. Generously sponsored by St. John’s.
About the George Eastman Museum
Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the National Historic Landmark estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, through its two joint master’s degree programs with the University of Rochester, makes critical contributions to the fields of film preservation and of photographic preservation and collection management.
For more information, visit eastman.org.
One Hundred Years Ago : George Eastman in 1921
February 5, 2021– January 2, 2022
George Eastman Museum
900 East Avenue, Rochester
New York 14607, United States