Courage & Crossroads: A Visual Journey through the American West


Meriwether Lewis’ presentation style pipe tomahawk, Kit Carson’s messenger pouch and other rare Native American objects serve as the centerpiece of this story of America’s West in the 19th and early 20th centuries. More than 100 paintings and sculptures by artists ranging from Thomas Moran and Alfred Jacob Miller to Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, and vintage photographs by Edward S. Curtis add to the narrative.

On loan from the Peterson Family Collection, these works attest to collector and Board of Trustee Tim Peterson’s interest in collecting important artwork primarily focused on the fur trapper period and the challenges faced during the early days of frontier expansion.