One of the recently digitized photos from the Stevens Studio collection.

One of the recently digitized photos from the Stevens Studio collection.

Kootenay history goes digital

Touchstones Nelson is pleased to present the recently digitized Stevens Studio collection.

Touchstones Nelson is pleased to present the recently digitized Stevens Studio collection.

On August 24, the museum will celebrate the online launch of photos taken by Art Stevens and Alice Stevenson, the former owners and operators of the Stevens Studio in Nelson.

This notable collection was donated to the Shawn Lamb Archives in 2008 and contains a fascinating diversity of images. From large industrial projects and scenic landscapes of the Kootenays, to commercial portraits and photos of Nelson businesses, the collection covers a variety of aspects of Kootenay life between the 1940s and 1970s. Of particular note is a series of captivating images depicting the daily lives of Orthodox and Reformed Doukhobors.

A selection of images from the collection may be viewed online at flickr.com/photos/touchstonesnelson.

Come by Touchstones for the launch party on August 24 at 1 p.m. to view the digitized images and mark another successful milestone in Touchstones Nelson’s photo digitization efforts. Meet the collection’s donor and photographer, Art Stevens, and enjoy refreshments while watching the remarkable slideshow of Kootenay history.

This project was made possible in part through the British Columbia Arts Council and a grant from the Hamber Foundation.