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John Wesley Powell: Objects & Stories from the Colorado River Expeditions

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center


Famed explorer John Wesley Powell

Cultural artifacts first collected by the famed explorer John Wesley Powell are returning "back home" to Utah this September.

Revisit one of the most iconic explorations of the American West at NHMU on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. as we unveil a number of artifacts collected by Powell and his cartographer, Frank Marion Bishop, during their explorations of the southwest.

Included are a number of Native American baskets that were collected by Bishop, a Native American child's wearing blanket, moccasins, a wooden bow and its sheath, and more. Also on display will be several original sepia drawings by noted American painter and Utah artist Dean Fausett, which document the Powell expeditions.

Hear from Powell experts who will introduce guests to the historical and cultural significance of Powell's expeditions, the native people he encountered, and artifacts being displayed for the first time ever at NHMU. This is an open-house event with lectures from experts Fred Reuss, Roy Webb, and Dave Malone scheduled throughout the day. Click here to learn more about these Powell experts

The event is included with price of Museum admission and free for Museum Members.

A bow collected by the John Wesley Powell Expedition.

In partnership with Illinois State University, these priceless artifacts are being restored and preserved in an effort to promote Powell's legacy and expand these collections for education and promotion of Utah's rich cultural history.




Generously supported by Illinois State University and the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation


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