September 2018

22Sept(Sept 22)10:00 AM(Sept 22)10:00 AMJohn Wesley Powell: Objects & Stories from the Colorado River ExpeditionsNatural History Museum of UtahEvent Type:Entertainment,Lectures/Discussions/Presentations,Art & Museum Exhibits,Storytelling


(Saturday) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Natural History Museum of Utah

301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

Event Description

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 on his 1869 and 1871-72 Colorado River Expeditions. The collection includes a number of Native American baskets that were collected by Powell’s cartographer Frank Marion 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. The event is included with price of Museum admission.

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.

Ticket Price

$9.95 to $14.95


Natural History Museum of Utah801.581.6927 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

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