Primetimers May 2019 – From Richmond To France

When America entered the Great War in 1917, many of Richmond’s “soldier boys” had never been out of the city, much less the country. Most went to Camp Lee (now Fort Lee) and then boarded ships for France. One of those young men was Leon Stilson. His father, streetcar driver Harry Stilson, photographed his son and other Richmond sons as they went off to war and came home.

He photographed them with family, in parades and celebrations.  Harry’s great-granddaughter, Kitty Snow, inherited his 5,000 images of Richmond and beyond and has written four books based on Stilson photographs and oral histories of those who lived in the Richmond neighborhoods he captured on film. She will share images and stories of the young men and Richmond during World War I and after Armistice. Some did not come home so the Stilson collection includes passage on a Gold Star Mother Pilgrimage to France.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Kitty Snow has written four books based on her great-grandfather’s photographs:
 From a Richmond Streetcar
 On the West Clay Line (Jackson Ward, Carver, & Newtowne)
 Up & Down Church Hill (Images by Harris Stilson & Oral Histories from Church Hill, Shockoe, & Fulton)
 From Richmond to France

Harry Stilson was a Richmond streetcar driver whose passion was photography and his granddaughter’s books combine scenes of Richmond in the early 1900s with oral histories of “kids” who roamed those cobblestoned streets. Kitty has created Richmond In Sight, a non-profit to restore, preserve, and share the approximately 5,000 images and movies of the Stilson collection.

  • May 2019 Primetimers
    May 21, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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