Dr. Donald Cresswell of the Philadelphia Print Shop to Present Lecture at Civil War Conference

Release Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Dr. Donald Cresswell of the Philadelphia Print Shop, located in Chestnut Hill, will present his lecture, “Printed Portraits of Abraham Lincoln: The Strong Image” at “The Legacy of The Civil War Conference” on Friday, November 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Commonwealth Chateau at SugarLoaf. 


Dr. Creswell’s lecture will discuss why the portraits and images of Abraham Lincoln during his presidency and the Civil War have become some of the most historically significant in American history. In his talk, Dr. Cresswell will further elaborate on how images alone did not accomplish the goals of the artist because the graphic processes, the paper used, and even the frames proclaimed the strength of Lincoln's mission.

Since 1981, Dr. Donald Howard Cresswell has been proprietor of the Philadelphia Print Shop. Prior to owning his establishment, he worked as a catalogue editor for a book and print firm in the Philadelphia area. He also served as director of the Belmont Abbey College Library in North Carolina, and was a rare book librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Dr. Cresswell is the author of many books and publications. “The American Revolution in Drawings and Prints: A Checklist of 1765-1790 Graphics in the Library of Congress” (Library of Congress, 1975) was written for The Library of Congress for its Bicentennial program and is a major reference book on prints, maps, and drawings of the American Revolution period. Also, while employed at The Library of Congress, Dr. Cresswell wrote for the editorial staff “A Guide to the Study of the United States of America: A Supplement” prepared under the direction of Roy P. Basler and Oliver H. Orr (Library of Congress, 1976). He has also published papers, book reviews, and given public addresses for classes and conferences.
He has served on the board of directors of The Gelman Library Friends at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and as a member of Council of the Society for the History of Discoveries. He has served on committees at the Library Company of Pennsylvania, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Academy of Natural Sciences Library. Since 1997 he has been selected as an expert appraiser by WGBH in Boston for appearances on the Antiques Road Show.
Tickets to the event are $20, which includes a buffet luncheon. To reserve a spot, please visit http://www.chc.edu/civil_war_registration.html. Registration will close on October 10.