Capitol Arts Center Presents Old Photos of Bowling Green | New

Unseen decades-old photos of Bowling Green will be shown on the big screen at the Capitol Arts Center throughout October.

The slideshow of nearly 3,500 photos from the Earl Rabold Collection shows what life was like in the area and downtown Bowling Green in the early 1900s.

The presentation is part of the Capitol Arts Center’s 100th anniversary celebration of its debut as a cinema.

Ginger Knight, major events manager for the Warren County Public Library, said downtown owner Bobby Rabold approached them with the photos.

“I think it’s really cool to see parts of the city that always look the same,” Knight said. “I hope people will see their grandmother there. I think it’s exciting for people to see what we were doing 100 years ago and who the people who came before us were.

About 15 years ago, Bobby Rabold found the thousands of negatives while he was cleaning the Princess Building in the plaza. The photos were taken in the early 1900s by his late grandfather Earl David Rabold.

The negatives have since been digitized and put on a DVD. The presentation will be offered free of charge to the public during the Downtown Harvest Festival on October 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Knight said she also hopes the slideshow will be available to the public at least one day a week in October, but that will depend on how the theater is upkeep at this time.

Where possible, the presentation will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on certain days of the week.

Several photos from the Rabold Collection are on display in the lobby of the Capitol Arts Center, in the main hallway of the Princess Building, and in the Sunday Reader section of the Daily News.

“I’m just trying to share the collection with the community,” said Bobby Rabold. “I take great pleasure in browsing these photographs. It helped me connect with my grandfather. You could just see the smile on his face in the photos. I saw it in a different light, and it touched me a lot.

He added that he was very happy to see the photographs displayed on the big screen and that many older people in the community should find pleasure in the showcase.

For more information on when to present at the Capitol Arts Center during this month, contact Knight by calling 270-904-6040 or emailing him at [email protected]

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