Marguerite Butler Bidstrup Photoes from Copenhagen 1921
Marguerite and George Bidstrup Vintage 3 Autographic Kodak
All images were taken by Marguerite during the 1920’s and 1930’s in Denmark and Western North Carolina Mountains with a Vintage 3 Autographic Kodak that produced 3.25” by 4.25” negatives. The negatives has been scanned and all prints are dedicated to Marguerite Butler Bidstrup. She documented the Wester North Carolina region of the Appalachia’s avidly through her photographs. Her passion for this region is keenly represented in what she chose to photograph and the subtle beauty of the people and landscape that she captured with her camera. These photographs are meant to be a tribute to Marguerite Butler Bidstup. Her photographs are reproduced digitally from the original negatives. There will be a limited number of each photograph. Each is an original. None of the limited edition photographs are copies. Each is made from the original negative.
Marguerite Helen Butler was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 1892 to John and Carrie Butler of Cincinnati, Ohio. Marguerite was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were a family of five; she had a sister Jeanette and a brother Walter.
Marguerite attended Vassar College and graduated in 1914. A short time after her graduation, Marguerite went to the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Kentucky, where she taught for several years, riding on her horse Queen, to the different one room mountain schools. After receiving a scholarship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Marguerite traveled with Mrs. John C. Campbell to Scandinavia to study the Scandinavian Folk Schools. Her experience of the Folk Schools changed her ideas on education forever.
The John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina was founded by Mrs. John C. Campbell (Olive Dame Campbell) and Miss Marguerite Butler (later Bidstrup). The schools conception and plan was announced in November of 1925, after extensive research; a year studying the Folk Schools in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland and travels through out Appalachia to find the right location for the school by Mrs. Campbell and Miss. Butler.
Marguerite married George Bidstrup, a native Dane, on April 15th 1936 at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. George had originally come from Denmark to the Folk School to assist with the development of the farm. He became the director of the Folk School on New Years Day, 1952. Marguerite lived out her life in Brasstown, N.C. She was always a part of the school in one way or another, even after her death. She passed away in 1982, at the age of 90.