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From a Richmond Streetcar: Life Through the Lens of Harris H. Stilson



Multipurpose Room, Second Floor, James Branch Cabell Library
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284


Harris H. Stilson (1868–1934), a Richmond streetcar motorman and amateur photographer, took scores of photographs around Richmond from 1909 through 1934. Many of these were taken along the Virginia Railway and Power Co. street car line that ran from W. Leigh Street near Hermitage Road, along Clay Street and east to Chimborazo Hill. The activities of Richmonders, including many African Americans, who lived and worked in the Newtown, Carver and Jackson Ward neighborhoods were extensively documented by Stilson. Today, his photographs offer us a unique look into Richmond's past.

Kitty Snow, great granddaughter of Stilson, will discuss these photographs and share some of her research into the people and places seen in them. Snow has published two books on Richmond history featuring Stilson's photographs alongside her detailed records of the memories of numerous Richmond residents whose friends and family members are featured in the images. After the presentation, Snow's two books, From A Richmond Streetcar: Life Through the Lens of Harris Stilson and On the West Clay Line, both published in 2013, will be for sale. Refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to all. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call (804) 828-0593 prior to May 20.

Image: A U.S. Army dirigible lands in Capitol Square, by Harris H. Stilson, May 18, 1919


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