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Early images of the West topic of Redd lecture Nov. 21

The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University will present the Annaley Naegle Redd Lecture Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in 1170 Talmage Building.

Martha A. Sandweiss, a professor of history and American studies at Amherst College, will give a slide-show presentation about her new book, "Print the Legend."

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Sandweiss is the author of many books, and served as curator of photographs at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, for ten years. "Print the Legend" tells the story of how the medium of photography and the American frontier came of age together.

Chronicling the settlers' move westward from the time of the invention of the daguerreotype in 1839, Sandweiss resurrects scores of little-known images of Native Americans, California gold seekers, spectacular landscape and American troops in the Mexican-American War.

Her documentation vividly portrays how Americans first came to understand western photographs and, consequently, to envision their expanding nation.

The Annaley Naegle Redd Lectureship was named in honor of the Utah rancher and philanthropist who, with her husband, Charles, established the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at BYU in 1972.

The annual lectureship brings leading scholars of the American West to the BYU campus and increases awareness and understanding of Western ideas and issues.

Writer: Craig Kartchner

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