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September 25, 2009 – January 24, 2010
Museum: Portrait Gallery
Location: 2nd Floor
Through more than 100 portrait photographs, this exhibition tells the story of the changes that occurred in the American West during the 80 years between the Mexican War and passage of the Indian Citizenship Act in 1924. It chronicles such events as the completion of the transcontinental railroad, ongoing conflicts between Native Americans and non-Natives, the emergence of the national parks movement, and the admittance of 19 new states west of the Mississippi. Visitors encounter those who explored, fought over, developed, and represented this vast territory. Such individuals who contributed to the transformation of this region's nature and identity include Albert Bierstadt, Kit Carson, Geronimo, John Fremont, Annie Oakley, and Brigham Young.