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Indiana History Book Discussion Group (Genealogy Dept.)

  • Shelby County Public Library - Carnegie East Wing 33 West Broadway Street Shelbyville, IN, 46176 United States (map)

An Indiana History Book Club meets monthly in the library's Genealogy and History Dept. of the library.

The discussion group meets on the first Wednesday of most months. At this meeting, we will be discussing OTTO PING: PHOTOGRAPHER OF BROWN COUNTY, INDIANA, 1900-1940 by W. Douglas Hartley. Books are available in the Genealogy Dept.

This department is located in the library's annex, the Carnegie East Wing. 

Donna Dennison, Genealogy Department Head, will lead the discussion. Questions? (317) 398-7002 or ddennison@sscpl.lib.in.us.


Otto Ping began taking pictures of the people and places of his native Brown County, Indiana, in 1900 at the age of seventeen in order to make some extra money. He continued doing so for forty years while he worked at such other endeavors as peddling, farming, canning, and chicken raising. Unlike the painters and photographers who came to the county in these years to capture quaint and rustic scenes for sophisticated audiences elsewhere, Ping made his pictures for the people who were in them. Primarily a portraitist, Ping photographed individuals, couples, family groups, and larger gatherings. He had no studio and carried with him no lights or props...
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