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Brass Valley, a Place that Has Almost Vanished

August 1, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Curtis Gallery

They called the steep valley of Connecticut’s Naugatuck River “Brass Valley,” because from the time the world began running on steam and bearings, trolleys and soot, the Naugatuck Valley came to be where most of the world’s brass manufacturing happened. Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry (Schiffer Books, 2015) is a book of pictures and stories about how it all happened.


The talk is accompanied by vivid photographs of Brass Valley from the book and others taken more recently, while the author shares experiences and discoveries made while photographing, and talks about what it means to try to find Brass Valley, a place in time that has not quite vanished.

Emery Roth II has been shooting photographs since childhood. He studied both design and language arts at Carnegie-Mellon University, simultaneously earning degrees in architecture and literature. After forty years living and teaching in Connecticut’s “Northwest Hills,” he became fascinated with the old mill towns of Connecticut and their history,and he began following tracks through old ruins until he was led to the last working brass mill in Brass Valley. His continuing work with his colleague, Lazlo Gyorsok was give “Preservation Merit Awards” by the CT Trust for Historic Preservation and The Connecticut League of History Organizations. His book, Brass Valley: The Fall of An American Industry documents his journey into time and culture; it seeks to revive in words and pictures, a place in time, perhaps a place in the American Dream.



August 1, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Curtis Gallery
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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