History center to host tintype demonstration

PITTSBURGH – The Senator John Heinz History Center will hold a demonstration on the science and discuss the history of tintype photography, “Frozen in Time: Tintype Photography in the Civil War” at 11 a.m. Saturday at the museum located at 1212 Smallman St.

The event will feature a demonstration by Jason Snyder, Pittsburgh Tintype Studio owner, who will show visitors how tintype photographs were created during the Civil War era.

In addition to Snyder’s demonstration, History Center curators Leslie Przybylek and Melissa Marinaro will discuss the impact of tintype photography during the Civil War and share stories from the History Center’s new Pennsylvania’s Civil War exhibition, which features several original tintype photos and an 1860 tintype camera on loan from the Smithsonian.

Following the presentations, visitors can have their own tintype image taken and developed for a fee using the same process utilized by American photographers during the 1860s.

In addition to the tintype photography program, the History Center will feature living history demonstrations by Civil War-themed re-enactors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Pennsylvania’s Civil War exhibit, presented by Mylan, features more than 150 artifacts, including items on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the National Civil War Museum, and the Kenneth Turner collection, along with rare archival images, six life-like museum figures, and immersive settings. The exhibit helps to bring to life the personal stories of those impacted during the four-year war, including soldiers, women, African Americans and children.

“Frozen in Time: Tintype Photography During the Civil War” is free with regular History Center admission, which is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors age 62 and older, $6 for students and children age 6-17 and free for children age 5 and under and History Center members.

To schedule an appointment for individual tintype portraits with Snyder during the event, register by contacting Sarah Rooney at (412) 454-6373 or serooney@heinzhistorycenter.org. Cost is $45 for one 4-inch by 5-inch tintype image.