Vose Library, 392 Common Road, is hosting an exhibit of historical photographs that present a rare glimpse of the lifestyle, culture and environment of China before the Cultural Revolution.

Maine native and topographer R. Harvey Sargent took the photographs as snapshots during a 1903-04 Carnegie Institute expedition to the remote interior of China to search for fossils and map the area for the first time. These remarkable photographs were carefully preserved by the Sargent family and have been newly reprinted from the original negatives for the exhibit, which is on display during open hours through Sept. 6.

On Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m., Robert Sargent, grandson of the photographer, will talk about his grandfather’s life and times. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Vose Library at 784-4733.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.