Abraham Lincoln: Larger than life and in 3-d, and Emmy fever grips UNCSA

by Mark Burger

President Abraham Lincoln meeting with Gen. George McClellan, Western Maryland, October 4, 1862. Lincoln fired McClellan the following month. (photo by Alexander Gardner / courtesy of Library of Congress)

The big-screen 3-D phenomenon has been inescapable in recent years, with any number of big-budget films (Avatar, Harry Potter, Transformers, Cars 2 and many more) being released in the format.

Now, combining state-of-the-art 3-D technology with American history, the Greensboro Historical Museum (130 Summit Ave.) will offer a special program on Wednesday, Aug. 3 as author Bob Zeller will narrate a fully-digitized slide presentation boasting some 170 images of President Lincoln and the Civil War era.

Zeller, a native of Trinity and a former reporter at the Greensboro News & Record, is also the co-founder and president of the Center for Civil War Photography, as well as one of the leading collectors of Civil War photography.

This special program explores the life and career of Abraham Lincoln, the 15 th president of the United States and widely acclaimed by historians as perhaps the greatest commanderin-chief in American history. Audience members will don 3-D glasses to view these rare slides as they are projected on a large screen. Some of the images include Lincoln at his inaugurations in 1861 and ’65, touring Civil War battlefields, his work in the White House and public appearances in and around Washington DC. The photos and commentary provided by Zeller are from his most recent book Lincoln in 3-D, which he co-authored with John J. Richter. Zeller will be available after the presentation to discuss his work and sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase at the museum.

“One of our goals at the Historical Museum is to enable visitors to experience the stories of the past in new and unconventional ways,” said Linda Evans, the museum’s interim director, in an official statement. “Bob Zeller’s work with these stereoscopic images presents visual history from 150 years ago in a way most people have never seen before.”

“Stereoscopic photography, which creates a 3-D image, was the latest in visual technology at the time of the Civil War,” explained Zeller. “The well-known photographers of that period shot most of their images stereoscopically as a way to capture the scene in the most dramatic way possible. The visual impact on the viewer back then was probably similar to how we experience hi-def video today.”

Admission is free, but reservations are required. To make reservations, call 336.373.2610. For more information about the museum, visit the official website:

A trio of graduates from the North Carolina School of the Arts have been recognized for their work with Emmy Award nominations, which were announced last week in Los Angeles.

Zach Seivers, a 2006 graduate of the School of Filmmaking and a native of Mount Airy, earned a nomination for Outstanding Sound Editing for Non-Fiction Programming for his work as sound designer on the History Channel documentary Gettysburg. Seivers shares his nomination with Charles Maynes, who worked as a guest artist at the School of Filmmaking in 2006, and a number of UNCSA alumni worked on Gettysburg, which reaped a total of seven nominations.

Tom Beck, a 1973 graduate of the School of Design and Production and a native of Winston-Salem, picked up his fourth career Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for his work as lighting director on Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden, which was broadcast on HBO. Beck is also the son of retired UNCSA voice faculty member Bill Beck.

Christal Schanes, a 2003 graduate of the School of Design and Production, scored her nomination for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special for the episode of NBC’s perennially popular “Saturday Night Live,” the episode with Anne Hathaway as guest host. She had previously been nominated in the same category last year for the “Saturday Night Live” episode featuring Betty White as guest host.

The Emmy Awards, which were inaugurated in 1949 to recognize television’s best programming, will be televised like from the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 18 by the FOX Network.

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