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"Karl Bodmer's America" now open at Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Posted on 7/9/2015

Washburn, N.D. - For a limited time, visitors to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn have the rare opportunity to see an exhibit of all 81 aquatint images from Karl Bodmer's 1832-1834 North American expedition. Karl Bodmer and Prince Maximilian of Wied (in present-day Germany) traveled up the Missouri River as far as today's North Dakota and Montana in 1833 and 1834 to document the land and people they encountered.

"These images are part of the exceptionally rich cultural legacy North Dakota has inherited," said Interpretive Coordinator Robert Hanna. "They're a rare glimpse at the people and landscapes of the Great Plains before the great changes of the 19th century like railroads, homesteading, etc."

This is the first time in seven years the entire Bodmer collection has been displayed for visitors.

"Karl Bodmer's America" is sponsored by Basin Electric Power Cooperative and the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation. The Bodmer collection was acquired in 1997 through a gift from Alvera Bergquist of Bismarck. The exhibit will be displayed through December.

The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is located 38 miles north of Bismarck on U.S. Hwy 83 in Washburn. Both the Center and Fort Mandan are open daily from 9-5 p.m.

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