The celebrated photojournalist, Clemens Kalischer, spent time in Peacham in the 1950s and 60s and captured his encounters with the town and its people in a series of remarkable photographs.
Many of them appeared in Vermont Life magazine in 1959 and in the Time-Life Library of America volume on New England in 1967.
This summer the Peacham Historical Association will display a number of the Peacham photos, some on loan from the Kalischer estate, and some which have never been publicly displayed. The photos capture a largely vanished way of life: showing children studying in one-room schoolhouses, attending dances at the Peacham Academy, and playing in the snow at the local ski tow. Others portray adults at the post office, at church suppers, and social clubs.
Kalischer came to the United States in 1942, a refugee from Nazi Germany. He studied art and photography at the New School and Cooper Union in New York City and eventually settled in Stockbridge Mass. His work has been displayed in museums all over the world, including the celebrated Family of Man exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955. He died at the age of 97 last June.
The exhibit will be on view at the Historical House on July 4 from 1-4 p.m., every Sunday thereafter from 2-4 p.m. through the end of September, and on Fall Foliage Day, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The address is 145 Church Street, Peacham. Admission is free.
Visitors on July 4 are also invited to attend the PHA’s annual Ghost Walk at the Peacham Cemetery from 2-4 p.m., where they can meet a number of the people portrayed in Kalischer’s photographs.