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The George Eastman Museum continues at-home programming with new virtual offerings

Jun 16th, 2020

Rochester, N.Y., June 16, 2020—The George Eastman Museum is continuing to expand its online offerings through Eastman Museum at Home. The museum is working with Yelp Rochester to offer new virtual programs from baking to crafting, the events will be held on June 18 and June 30 through Yelp Rochester online. The museum has also rescheduled its Portrait of Jennie: The Rarest Cinematic Experience of All Time webinar to June 25, and the Curator’s Gallery Talk with Bea Nettles to June 26. All virtual events and webinars are free but registration is required.


[VIRTUAL Yelp Event]

From the Cookbook of George Eastman: Yelp Bakes Bread Pudding

Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m.

Register through Yelp

Join Yelp Rochester and the George Eastman Museum for an evening of baking from the cookbook of entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Rochester’s own George Eastman. Staff from the museum will lead participants through a recipe for Eliza's Bread Pudding. The team will share some anecdotes from the Eastman kitchen and more about Eastman's impact on Rochester and beyond. This event will take place via Zoom. Zoom meeting room code and instructions will be sent out via confirmation email the week of the event. This is a free event but an RSVP is required. Questions/concerns? Email


VIRTUAL: Portrait of Jennie: The Rarest Cinematic Experience of All Time

Thursday, June 25 at 1 p.m.

Register via Zoom
Through this free webinar, Curator of Film Exhibitions Jared Case, Preservation Manager Anthony L’Abbate, and Chief Projectionist Spencer Christiano will talk about the film Portrait of Jennie (1948), its technical peculiarities, how they fit in with cinema history, and how those aspects are re-created in a modern cinema. Christiano will stream live from the Dryden Theatre projection booth to demonstrate the techniques used to exhibit the film in a manner consistent with the filmmaker's artistic vision. With no Nitrate Picture Show this year, tune in and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at what might have been—and will be again! Registration is required as spaces are limited.


VIRTUAL: Gallery Talk with Artist Bea Nettles and Curator Jamie M. Allen

Friday, June 26 at 1 p.m.

Register via Zoom

Bea Nettles and Jamie M. Allen, Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Associate Curator in the Department of Photography, will guide guests through some of the books featured in Bea Nettles: Harvest of MemoryTour the virtual exhibition in advance of the talk at is required for this free talk as spaces are limited.


[VIRTUAL Yelp Event]

The Beginnings of Animation With George Eastman Museum: Crafting a Thaumatrope

Tuesday, June 30 at 12 p.m.

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Join Yelp Rochester and the George Eastman Museum for a lunch break craft for the whole family—with a hint of history. Staff from the museum will guide participants through the creation of a thaumatrope, an optical toy that demonstrates the persistence of vision and was an important precursor to current animation standards. In addition, participants will learn about the history of animation and some of the museum's current offerings. This event will take place via Zoom. Zoom meeting room code and instructions will be sent out via confirmation email the week of the event. This is a free event but an RSVP is required. Questions/concerns? Email


The museum continues to expand its online offerings through Eastman Museum at Home, a repository for activities, online resources, tutorials, and tours to keep people engaged in learning about photography, film, and the legacy of George Eastman. The Dryden Recommends YouTube series is being updated on a regular basis with video introductions for films streaming on various platforms that you can watch at home. Most of the films have screened at the Dryden in the past, allowing viewers to catch up on films they may have missed. Check out Curator of Film Exhibitions Jared Case’s latest recommendations on YouTube.


About Eastman at Home

Eastman Museum at Home encourages visitors to create their own photography and moving images with hands-on activities for all ages; explore more than 250,000 objects in the museum’s collections online; take virtual tours the historic mansion and gardens, the conservation lab, and the technology collection; and learn about George Eastman through the museum’s mobile tour. The Eastman Museum’s social media channels are great resources for online learning and are updated on a regular basis with links to new activities to experience at home. In addition to the museum’s  InstagramTwitter, and Facebook accounts, YouTube is home to the museum’s historic photographic process video series, the Dryden Theatre Recommends series of introductions for films available on streaming services, and past artist talks and curator lectures. Listen to audio from past exhibitions on SoundCloud, and watch digitized films from the museum’s moving image collection, with new titles being added regularly. 


For more information about Eastman at Home or other online resources, visit


Support the George Eastman Museum

This is a critical time for museums across the globe. The George Eastman Museum encourages individuals to visit, if you are able to contribute to the museum’s Annual Fund at this time. Donations of all amounts are appreciated. The unrestricted dollars that membership and annual fund gifts provide are essential to the museum's operations and to the exhibitions and public programs that bring our collections to life for our audiences. And as with all of our community's cultural organizations, these dollars have never been more critical.


About the George Eastman Museum

Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the National Historic Landmark estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, through its two joint master’s degree programs with the University of Rochester, makes critical contributions to the fields of film preservation and of photographic preservation and collection management. For more information, visit

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