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Upcoming event:  William Henry Jackson: Artist and Mapmaker in his later years
Presentation by Camille Bradford
Date: June 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Westminster History Center
7200 Lowell Boulevard
Westminster, Colorado

William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), a Civil War veteran, was renowned as a photographer in the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871, which led to the creation of Yellowstone National Park. He had a long and fruitful career as a photographer of the American West. He participated in a number of events throughout the USA to preserve the legacy of the trails. Jackson’s iconic photographs have been reproduced in numerous books and magazines over the years.

From 1929 until his death in 1942, Jackson was Research Secretary of the Oregon Trail Memorial Association (OTMA), creating maps of pioneer trail routes and paintings of historic western scenes. He also actively participated in OTMA’s events throughout the West. OTMA was founded earlier in the 1920s by Ezra Meeker. After Meeker’s death in 1928 Howard R. Driggs succeeded him as President. Jackson, Meeker and Driggs were three of the first inductees into OCTA’s Emigrant Trails Hall of Fame:
http://www.octa-trails.org/learn/emigrant-trails-hall-of-fame

This presentation will focus on Jackson’s work in his later years and its relationship to Meeker and Driggs.

 


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