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Gallatin History Museum Lecture - The First Photographers: Eastern Montana Territory From 1870s

Join MOR and the Gallatin History Museum for monthly lectures focused on the dynamic and lively history of the Gallatin Valley. 

The First Photographers: Eastern Montana Territory From 1870s with Mark Browning

A photographic record of the military, civilian and native inhabitants following the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana Territory.

Following the American Civil War, the U.S. Army’s domestic attention turned to the protection of European based settlers moving west. After the humiliating defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the resultant build and related activities of Fort Keogh was documented by photographers commissioned to record the changes to this new frontier. Names such as Fouch, Morrow, Huffman, and Barthelmess were hired to accomplish this and were followed by the civilian efforts such as those by R.C.Morrison, E.J. Cameron, and others. See examples of their “first-ever” captures along with brief histories of these early pioneers.

Mark Browning is third generation Montanan from Miles City, he began actively gathering historic images of these early photographers in 1995 when he returned as executive director/ curator of its WaterWorks Art Museum (formerly Custer County Art & Heritage Center). Over the next 20 years, he oversaw the Museum's collected vintage works and information related to these figures.