Through Darkness to Light
Artist Reception & Presentation

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Weds, February 22
Sheldon Peck Homestead

Through Darkness to Light fully immerses its audience in the awe-inspiring history of the Underground Railroad through a series of breathtaking photographs. The series chronicles the perilous journey of those who sought freedom from slavery in the 1800s.

Spending over a decade researching and walking the paths from Louisiana to the Canadian border, photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales shot the photographs in near complete darkness, seeking to mimic the views that would have been seen by countless freedom seekers who took this journey between 1830 and the end of the Civil War in 1865.

Through the generosity of the author, and as a smaller extension of the full traveling exhibition at the Evanston History Center, the Sheldon Peck Homestead will be displaying several of Michna-Bales’ original photographs and hosting the author for a presentation on her work. She will also sign copies of the accompanying exhibition book that features all 80+ images in the series. Light hor d’oeuvres and wine will be served.

Tickets are $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. As seating is limited, registration for this event is required.

Limited copies of the hardcover book will be available for purchase that evening; the LHS offers a 10% discount for members off the $40 price. If you would like to purchase copies of the book ahead of the signing, it is available at, under Through Darkness to Light, ISBN 978-1616895655.

For more information about the artist, visit:

View this photography exhibit from Feb 2 - March 16 at the Sheldon Peck Homestead. The exhibit is free, with a suggested donation of $2.




If you have tickets,you may park across the street to the east in the Lombard Common lot, or along Grace Street.

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