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A Main Street Point of View

January 26, 2006 — April 02, 2006


From multi-generation family businesses to new enterprises, from clock and cabinetmakers to butchers and milliners, hardware stores and apothecaries, through change and continuity, A Main Street Point of View celebrated the economic life of a quintessential New England town. This exhibition at the Concord Museum peeled back the streetscape’s layers of history through contemporary views by nationally-renowned photographer Eric Roth, treasured historical images, and three centuries of artifacts from the Museum’s rich and varied collection. Silver spoons and milk bottles, portraits of merchants and gunsmiths, clocks and chests of drawers, shop signs and account books all share a storied connection to Concord’s business thoroughfares. Eric Roth, a photographer well-known for his work with The Boston Globe MagazineYankee, and House Beautiful, has captured the dynamic essence of today’s commercial districts, using many of the same vantage points as the historical images. The compelling photographic history is drawn from the William Munroe Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library, the Anderson Archives and private collections.