The Loma Prietan - April 2014

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents


by Margaret Whitehorn

Cantor Art Center Stanford University

Carlton Waktins exhibit Photo: Carleton Watkins
Carlton Waktins exhibit Photo: Carleton Watkins

Cantor Art Center at Stanford University invite all the volunteers at the Loma Prieta Sierra Club Chapter, and your guests to a special preview on Wednesday, April 23, 10 am to noon.  If you are going to this special showing, please RSVP  to by April 21.  I look forward to meeting you. - Margaret Whitehorn

Remarkable views by America’s greatest 19th-century landscape photographer 

include the iconic images that convinced our nation to protect Yosemite for all time.


Born in upstate New York in 1829, Carleton Watkins ventured west in 1849 to strike it rich. But instead of prospecting for gold, Watkins developed a talent for photography—invented only 22 years before. He documented the remote Pacific Coast in the 1860s and 1870s, capturing its vast scale and spirit with a custom-built camera that created 18 x 22-inch glass-plate negatives. In June 1864, his stunning photographs of Yosemite’s valley, waterfalls, and peaks proved instrumental in convincing President Abraham Lincoln and the 38th U.S. Congress to pass the Yosemite Valley Grant Act, legislation that preserved the land for public use and set a precedent for America’s National Park System.

As the nation celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, the Cantor Arts Center presents nearly 70 original mammoth prints from the three albums in the Special Collections of Stanford University Libraries: Photographs of the Yosemite ValleyPhotographs of the Pacific Coast, and Photographs of the Columbia River and Oregon.

WHAT: Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums—an exhibition with nearly 70 photographs of Yosemite and the Pacific Coast by the foremost American landscape photographer of the 19th century

WHEN:   April 23–August 17, 2014

TIME:   Open Wed–Sun, 11 am–5 pm; Thurs 11 am–8 pm; also open July 4th

WHERE:   Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 328 Lomita Dr., Stanford, CA 94305-5060


PUBLIC INFO:  Visit or call 650-723-4177


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