Arrington Auditorium of the Central Library
演讲人：格瑞格•米莱特 博士 (Dr. Gregg
details about Dr. Gregg Millett:
Dr. Gregg Millett, who lives in the Capital Region of New York near
the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, attended Dartmouth College, the University of
Nebraska, and Stanford University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1965. He has
lived and worked Nebraska, California, Texas, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.
In 1944-45, Dr. Millett's father, Clinton Millett,M.D., a U.S. Army doctor
stationed in Kunming, China, worked diligently running the 172nd hospital unit
and building a convalescent camp at the foot of West Mountain on the shore of
Lake Dianchi. During this time he wrote over 300 letters to his wife, Martha,
and their four young children back in Omaha, Nebraska. In these letters he
expressed great affection and curiosity toward the culture that was before his
eyes and he also requested, “more 35 MM Kodachrome film.”
Sixty years later, Dr. Millett’s son, Gregg, and his great-granddaughter,
Krystal (a 21-year old photographer) planned to take Dr. Millett’s letters and
color photographs back to Kunming. A life-changing adventure began when he sent
an e-mail to “Yunnan Adventure Travel Service” requesting “accommodations with
a Chinese family and rental of a hall for a slide show of old colored
photographs of Kunming � 5 sample photographs are attached.” When Jin Fei Bao,
the travel service owner, saw the photographs he recognized the “treasure” and
suggested an exhibition. He and Dr. Millett were to become very close
friends over the years.
On May 9, 2004, Gregg and Krystal welcomed the crowd standing in front of the
Yunnan Provincial Museum. By the end of the day, 12,000 people had viewed the
old photographs that were enlarged and hanging in the Museum. Some residents of
Kunming recognized their parents, their homes, their shops, their streets �
even themselves as little children. By the end of May, 300,000 people had
looked back into their colored past, which had been mostly lost through war,
revolution, social change and economic development. The newspapers reported:
“The Old Color Photographs are sending tremors through Kunming.” The TV
stations reported daily on the activities of “our new American friends” and of
the heart-warming stories coming from the visitors to the exhibition.
Since the first exhibition, Gregg and Jin Fei Bao, have worked together
investigating the photographic history of China. These investigations have been
aided by the Magic Lantern Society of the US and Canada and the Schenectady
Museum and have uncovered several amazing glass slide and stereoview
collections as well as the early motion pictures of Auguste Francois.
A "Century Memory of China" exhibition, utilizing these images, is
currently being planned for 2010 to open in Kunming, travel across China, and
conclude at the National Museum of China in Beijing.
Dr. Millett will share his pictures and hand-painted glass slides of China with
the audience using a digital projector. However, a magic lantern and carousel
projectors and a stereoscope will be demonstrated and on display.
Please publicize that he will present a lecture on the historical,
sociological, and international significance of his collections Monday evening,
October 5, at the University of Montevallo. Contact the Department Chair,
Dr. Day, in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences there for time and