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Upcoming Warwick Lecture Series to discuss historical photographs

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Lemuel Parker

Lemuel Parker's glass negatives from the early 1900s were discovered in the upstairs of his log cabin by Dr. Walter Pyle in the early 1950s.

Renowned Williamson County Historian Rick Warwick will present the second lecture in a year-long Warwick Lecture Series hosted by the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County on Tuesday, July 7 from 5:30-7 p.m. 

The free-to-the-public event will be held at The Franklin Theatre and discuss historic photographs of Lemuel Parker of the Bingham community.

Parker was a jack-of-all-trades. He had a sawmill, built houses, was a farmer and made coffins. In 1910, he purchased a camera, developing processing vat and chemicals from Sears & Roebuck, and became a photographer.

A box of glass negatives was found in the upstairs of his log cabin by Dr. Walter Pyle in the early 1950s. Pyle gave the negatives to Pepper Bruce of Fernvale, a fellow photographer. The negatives were given to Warwick in 2000. Since digitized, Parker’s images are sharp, focused and reveal a lot about the lives of the people who lived along Old Hillsboro Road between Bingham and Leiper’s Fork.

This Heritage Foundation-sponsored education program is free and open to the public, but limited seating is available. The event, originally scheduled to be held at the Heritage Foundation offices, has been moved to The Franklin Theatre to allow for additional space to social distance. To comply with COVID-19 guidelines and to ensure everyone’s safety, attendance is limited to 50 and seating will be spaced appropriately.

Guidelines for the theater that will be enforced include requiring all patrons to: 

· Wear cloth face coverings while in the theater

· Have temperatures read upon entry to the building

· Purchase tickets online in advance of the event

· Arrive at the theater at assigned times as indicated on tickets

· Refrain from congregating in the lobby or hallways

· Exit the building promptly at the conclusion of the event

Tickets must be reserved in advance at www.WilliamsonHeritage.org/Events. Registration will be open until the end of business on July 5 and will be limited to the first 50 people who register.

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