Edward S. Curtis, Printing the Legends by Author Dr. Larry Len Peterson

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is proud to introduce Author Dr. Larry Len Peterson who will celebrate the life and works of Edward S. Curtis. Dr. Peterson will showcase how Curtis created thousands of images, audio recordings, and motion pictures of Native Americans, all while making tremendous contributions to the art and science of photography. Come experience a scholarly study of Curtis work through over 100 slides depicting the photography and story of an epic life well lived.

Western American art historian Dr. Larry Len Peterson has published more books on Western artists than any other living author. His The American West Reimagined (2021) is considered the standard reference book on the artists of the West. He is the 2019 Montana Heritage Guardian Award recipient, the highest honor bestowed by the Montana Historical Society Board of Trustees in Helena. Peterson is an award-winning scientist, physician, cultural historian, and author. His thirty-year career in the visual field of dermatology and a National Institute of Health (NIH) research fellowship provided him with an excellent background to explore art and history. He has published dozens of articles in prestigious medical and scientific periodicals including The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Peterson is also the recipient of the C.M. Russell Heritage Award, Western Heritage Award, Scriver Award, High Plains Book Award, Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award, and the University of Nebraska Great Plains Book of the Month Selection.

There will be a book signing immediately after the author’s presentation.

Program Date:

Wednesday, March 20 | 3:00 p.m.
FREE for Museum Members (Members, click here to log-in and procure tickets)
FREE with Museum Admission
$8 for program attendance only (does not include further admittance to the museum/galleries)