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American Origins, 1600-1900

American Origins, 1600-1900

July 1, 2006 – Permanent

Museum: Portrait Gallery

Location: 1st Floor, East

In 17 galleries and alcoves, this exhibition chronologically arranged starts from the days of contact between Native Americans and European explorers through the struggles of independence to the Gilded Age. Major figures from Pocahontas to Chief Joseph, Sam Adams to Henry Clay, and Nathaniel Hawthorne to Harriet Beecher Stowe to Juliette Gordon Low are included. Three of the galleries are devoted to the Civil War, examining this conflict in depth. Complementing this section is a group of modern photographic prints produced from Mathew Brady's original negatives. Highlights from its daguerreotype collection—the earliest practical form of photography—also are on view.

Portraits of Charles Willson Peale, John Ewing, Benjamin Franklin, and others go on view September 11, 2013, in a section titled Franklin and the Nurturing of Science in Early America.

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