“The Graveyard Speaks” – The Pathos of Ghost Town Cemeteries by Lee Silliman

Organization: Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation

Exhibition: The Graveyard Speaks: The Pathos of Ghost Town Cemeteries by Lee Silliman

Date of Exhibition: April 1st – October 15th 2017

Time of Exhibition: Museum Hours

Location of Exhibition: Chapel, inside the Old Prison Museum

Cost: Museum entry fee

Contact Person: Melanie Sanchez, Curator

Contact Info: (406)-846-3111 www.pcmaf.orgcurator@pcmaf.org

Summary of Exhibition:

The Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation in Deer Lodge, MT is proud to present the upcoming exhibition “The Graveyard Speaks: The Pathos of Ghost Town Cemeteries”. The exhibition will consist of 26 frames containing 28 photographs of Montana’s ghost town cemetery monuments of beautiful black and white photographs taking by Missoula Photographer Lee Silliman.

It explores the final phase of our ineluctable passage. In his travels throughout Montana to old mining camps and ghost towns, black and white photographer Lee Silliman sought out their abandoned cemeteries, for these hallowed grounds are a palpable record of the former community’s struggle for life. He ferrets out those monuments – stone and wooden- which reveal our forebears’ tribulations, as well as their fervent hopes for eternal reunion with loved ones.

By utilizing an 8 x 10 inch view camera, by making nuanced 8 x 10 inch contact prints in his own darkroom, and by archivally framing these results in his own picture frame shop, the photographer has sought to create a poignant union of art and history.

The purpose of the Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation is to preserve and interpret the history of Montana, Powell County and Deer Lodge. We contribute to the economy of our community through the adaptive re-use of the Old Montana Prison as a tourist destination

The Old Prison Museums are located along the Yellowstone Trail, America’s first transcontinental highway. Attractions include the Old Prison (circa 1871-1979), the world-class Montana Auto Museum, Yesterday’s Playthings, a doll and toy Museum, Frontier Montana, a western collectible and firearms, Powell County Museum with Cottonwood City, Celebrating our Montana heritage.

Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation supports development of Montana’s performing and fine arts.

"Along the Yellowstone Trail"