CANTON – Canton's native son Frederic Remington's illustrations of General Nelson A. Miles' experiences in the Indian Wars in the west are the subject of the new exhibit "The Artist and the General: Remington Illustrates the Indian Wars," which previews on Thursday, Sept. 30 at noon at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton.
The preview will be kicked off at noon with a Brown Bag Lunch program by Trent Trulock, Executive Director of the SLCHA and St. Lawrence County Historian, on "The Indian Wars in the West: An Overview." The presentation will provide the general background for General Miles' and Frederic Remington's experiences in the west during the late 19th century.
The official exhibit opening, which coincides with the start of the Canton Remington Arts Festival, is Friday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., with Trulock giving a reprise of his presentation at 6 p.m.
The exhibit features 15 Remington pictures commissioned to illustrate the book Personal Recollections of General Nelson A. Miles; the images depict the General's experiences in the Western U.S. fighting in the Indian Wars from 1869-1890 and his encounters with many of the most noted Indian leaders of the era including Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Geronimo.
The Canton Remington Arts Festival runs through Saturday, October 2nd and the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House will be open extended hours from 10am to 4pm that day for visitors to view "The Artist and the General: Remington Illustrates the Indian Wars." The exhibition will be on display through the fall.
For more information, contact the SLCHA at 386-8133 or [email protected].