Find out about photographer Edward S. Curtis' little-known Hollywood period at a presentation by local historian Dan Kerlee. The event takes place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Magnolia Branch, 2801 34th Ave. W., 206-386-4225. Arrive early to check out the accompanying exhibit.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the branch parking lot.

Curtis authored and took photographs for one of the greatest books on North American Indians ever made, but his work in the early 1920s shooting silent movie stills and photographing stars has not been covered in detail.

Using rare photographs, paper ephemera, and film clips, Magnolia resident and local independent historian Kerlee will shed light on this little-known period of Curtis’ career, showing how it helped sustain Curtis and provide new directions in creativity while work on his massive opus, "The North American Indian," was suspended.

Kerlee, a member of the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, writes and speaks on early film music history along with general photographic history of the Northwest.

The exhibit on Curtis' Hollywood period is available at the Magnolia Branch now through Dec. 31.

The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and form strong partnerships with Seattle-area community organizations to offer presentations that are accessible to all.