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Image Collection

The Whitewater Historical Society has almost 4,000 images of people, places, and events relating to Whitewater’s history.  These images include some rare mid-nineteenth century views of Whitewater and Whitewater citizens and many late nineteenth and early twentieth century images of the city and its people.  The society’s signature image collection is a set of over 400 glass plate negatives taken around the turn of the twentieth century (c.1890-1910) by an amateur Whitewater photographer.  Some of these images have been printed and are well known, while most have never been seen by the public.  The images include local buildings, area farms and landscapes, and people of the time. 

The society also has a good collection of popular post cards that illustrate some of the most important buildings in the community during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  They particularly illustrate the history of downtown Whitewater, as this was a popular subject for post card producers and sellers.