Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SDGS Program on Saturday, 11 April Features Dave Tooley

The April program meeting of the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) is this Saturday, 11 April, at 10 a.m. at the St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 8350 Lake Murray Blvd. in San Diego, just south of Jackson Drive.  

The program speaker for both sessions is SDGS member Dave Tooley, who will present “The Photograph Record of the US Civil War – My 45 year fascination with this visual record.”

During the 1950’s, Dave Tooley acquired an interest in taking black and white photographs. Something must have clicked when he saw some of the photographs of the US Civil War, since it led him to an ongoing fascination with the war and its photographs.  Dave will present photographs of the battlefields and towns he visited back east as well as his visit to the Library of Congress almost 20 years ago.

Tim O'Sullivan, one of the photographers and one widely known for his photography work related to the American Civil War, had worked for Mathew Brady and later for Alexander Gardner, who also took many memorable images during the War. Many other photographers will be mentioned; their work is memorable but often overlooked.

Dave Tooley was born in the Welsh coastal town of Porthcawl and emigrated with his parents to the U.S. in 1948, settling in West Allis, Wisconsin. Dave moved to San Diego in 1960. He joined the San Diego Civil War Roundtable in 1986 and has visited multiple battlefields throughout the East.

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