<em>We Sort of People</em> Book Launch


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Please join us on Wednesday, November 29, 6:30 pm, for a conversation between author Leslie Tucker and Professor of Photography Henry Horenstein 71 PH/MFA 73, moderated by Dean of Libraries Margot McIlwain Nishimura, about the duo's 26-year project to document and celebrate the last descendants of a little-known American clan of multiethnic origin: We Sort of People.

Journalist and Writer Leslie Tucker and photographer and RISD professor Henry Horenstein 71 PH/MFA 73 began working together in 1997, when she invited him to Maryland to shoot a mysterious multiethnic family, the little-known Wesort clan: »We sorts are different from you sorts.« The project started as a genealogical search for a family whose roots stretched back to the founding of the first Catholic colony, it grew into a mystery about the multiethnic origins of America, then became a race against time as the Wesorts and their descendants disappeared and their stories died. While Horenstein photographed the last generation of Proctors and their disappearing world, Tucker recorded the conversations she had with the wise women of the family. A living archive emerges, with voices that portray the complex realities of their lives in their own words, as seen through their eyes.

Published by Kehrer Verlag (Germany) Fall 2023. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


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Margot McIllwain Nishimura, Dean of Libraries


Leslie Tucker, Henry Horenstein


1 hr. 9 min. 19 sec.


Fleet Library, Photography Department

RISD Fleet Library Catalog Record


Event Date

Fall 11-29-2023




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<em>We Sort of People</em> Book Launch