"Roseberry's Charlottesville" Presents Decades of Local Images, Stories

By: Ruth Morton Email
By: Ruth Morton Email

July 12, 2013

A local photographer presented decades of his work showing Charlottesville's history at C'ville Coffee Thursday night.

At "Roseberry's Charlottesville," local photographer Ed Roseberry presented his pictures and stories from the 1940s through the 1970s of Charlottesville, from UVa sports and parties, to a visiting president, to the storefronts of the Corner and downtown.

"I'll be explaining what's in each photograph. Even though a photograph is worth one thousand words, there's still a couple of words left that tell the reason or the why that the photo was taken," said Roseberry.

One picture showed rock and roll legend Chuck Berry playing for a crowd of UVa students. Roseberry estimates Berry was around 30, a few years younger than Roseberry when he took the picture.

Roseberry showed two aerial pictures of the intersection of Emmett Road and Barracks Road, one modern, and one he took in 1948. The 1948 image showed forest where many shops and parkings lots are today and an unmarked, nearly empty road where US 29 runs.

"You'll notice the heavy traffic on the road there," joked Roseberry, eliciting laughter from the audience.

"There's a local demand for being updated on the history of Charlottesville. And I guess, by living long enough, I've become part of the history," said Roseberry.

The Charlottesville Historical Image Library (CHIL) helped put on the slideshow. CHIL is a digital collection of photographs of Charlottesville gathered from people and businesses. CHIL also exhibits, presents, researches their images.

Roseberry and The Charlottesville Historical Image Library will repeat the presentation once more on Sunday, July 14, 5 pm, at C'ville Coffee. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.

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