The First Photographers: Eastern Montana Territory From 1870s
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.
Thank you to Museum of the Rockies for providing the use of the Hager Auditorium and to their staff that makes it possible. This event is free and open to the public.