The speaker bios of Ephemera 39 are presented below:
Sarah Weatherwax M.A. in History from the College of William and Mary, has served as Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Library Company of Philadelphia since 1996. She co-authored a book about 19th century photographic views of Center City Philadelphia, and contributed a chapter about Peter S. Duval to Philadelphia on Stone: Commercial Lithography in Philadelphia, 1828-1878. She has curated exhibitions on topics as diverse as music in Philadelphia, Philadelphia daguerreotypes, the Philadelphia homefront during World War I, and the work of William Rau, the Pennsylvania Railroad’s official photographer. She currently serves on the board of the American Historical Print Collectors Society and the publications committee of the Daguerreian Society.
Angelina Lippert is the Chief Curator of Poster House, America’s first museum dedicated to the art, history, and impact of posters. She holds an MA in the art of theRussian Avant-Garde from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and a BA in Theology and Art History from Smith College. She worked for ten years as a poster specialist at a leading New York auction house, contributing to dozens of auction catalogs, articles, and blogs, and to The Art Deco Poster (Vendome, 2013). She is a member of the AAM, AIGA, AAMC, National Arts Club, in 2019 begins a term on the board of the Ephemera Society of America.
Anthony (Tony) Carreño whose grandparents immigrated from Sicily and Spain in the early 1900s, is a native of Tampa, Florida. His passion is documenting and preserving the unique multi-ethnic heritage of Tampa, centered on the Cuban cigar manufacturing industry. He has served on the board of the Ybor City Museum Society and is currently on the board of El Centro Español de Tampa, Tampa’s oldest mutual aid society. Mr. Carreño is an Associate Producer of two short films on Tampa’s unique history: “A Legacy of Smoke” and “The Weight of Remembering.”
Daile Kaplan is Vice President, Director of Photographs & Photobooks, and an auctioneer at Swann Galleries, often appearing on television as an expert or commentator. Daile’s 2012 book, Pop Photographica, Image Objects, highlights objects from her collection that were exhibited at Les Rencontres d’Arles, in France. She has contributed essays to Click! Photography Changes Everything (Aperture, 2012); Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide (Appraisers Association of America, 2013); The Education of a Photographer (Allworth Press, 2007); and In the Vernacular, Photography of the Everyday (Boston University Press, 2008). Daile serves on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, and the Board of Advisors of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. She is a member of ArtTable, POWarts, and the Authors Guild.
Evie Eysenburg, a retired math and English teacher, has been an ephemera dealer for over twenty years. An avid researcher, her curiosity about trade cards with the phrase "The Chinese Must Go" and references to someone named "Denis" started her on a journey that has culminated in a large collection of images and objects. She uses those research skills as a crossword puzzle tester for the New York Times. Evie also serves as copy editor for the Ephemera News and was honored with a Reward of Merit from the Ephemera Society.
Fred E. Woods is a professor at Brigham Young University and specializes in Mormon maritime migration in the 19th century. He has published dozens of works on this subject and is the chief editor and compiler of the academic website “Mormon Migration” which contains a wealth of information on this riveting topic: See https://mormonmigration.lib.byu.edu/
Henry Voigt collects menus and related culinary ephemera that reflect American history and culture, including the social and food customs of everyday life. He currently serves on the board of the Ephemera Society and is a member of the Grolier Club, Library Company of Philadelphia, and Delaware Bibliophiles. He also maintains the blog theAmericanMenu.com.
Margaret Salazar-Porzio is a Curator of Latina/o History and Culture in the Division of Home and Community Life at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. She co-curated the exhibit on American cultural identity and immigration, “Many Voices, One Nation,” and was lead editor of the exhibition book, Many Voices, One Nation: Material Culture Reflections on Race and Migration in the United States (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2017), which was named one of CHOICE’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017. Other projects include “Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues,” with 30 partners in 14 states and Puerto Rico. Salazar-Porzio earned her M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2010) in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California.
Sheng-mei Ma is Professor of English at Michigan State University in Michigan, USA, specializing in Asian Diaspora and East-West comparative studies. His books in English include: Sinophone-Anglophone Cultural Duet (2017); The Last Isle (2015); Alienglish (2014); Asian Diaspora and East-West Modernity (2012); Diaspora Literature and Visual Culture (2011); East-West Montage (2007); The Deathly Embrace (2000); and Immigrant Subjectivities in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Literatures (1998).