William Henry Jackson: An Eye for History

Nebraska Stories

Air Date: 02/22/2024

William Henry Jackson was one of the most prolific American artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He personally witnessed and recorded the expansion of the American West in thousands of photographs and in hundreds of drawings and paintings. His images conveyed the breathtaking beauty and unique natural features of the wilderness, convincing Congress to preserve Yellowstone, which became the nation's first national park in 1872.

Today, the Oregon Trail Museum at Scotts Bluff National Monument holds the largest collection of William Henry Jackson paintings in the world. Park visitors can immerse themselves in Jackson's vibrant tapestry of American Western history as seen through the eyes of an intrepid explorer and pioneer in American art and photography.

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Kelly Rush