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The Lure of Niagara: Highlights from the Charles Rand Penney Historical Niagara Falls Print Collection 

It is believed that more prints were made of Niagara Falls before the twentieth century than of any other specific place, and The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Historical Niagara Falls Prints is the largest collection of this genre. Viewing so many images of one subject together, we can gain new insights not only about the location itself, but also about the manner in which the scene has been depicted, emerging with a deeper understanding of the history of Niagara Falls. The collection is organized into seven thematic categories— Hennepin & Derivatives, A Variety of Depictions, Niagara As a Symbol, Popular Prints, Prints for the Wealthy, Extraordinary Events, and Maps. The immense size and fragility of the complete collection precludes a presentation in its entirety. The Lure of Niagara: Highlights from the Charles Rand Penney Historical Niagara Falls Print Collection features works, representative of the larger holdings of the collection, that are symbolic, commercially popular, historically relevant, and particularly unique.

The exhibition is organized and traveled by the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University, and is curated by Michael J. Beam, Curator of Exhibitions and Special Projects at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University.