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Exhibit to feature historical engravings

This engraving titled, “Mato-Tope A Mandan Chief,” is one of 20 that will be displayed at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria July 1 through October 1. (Contributed)

Imprints of a historical voyage will be displayed in Alexandria this summer.

The exhibit, “The Maximilian-Bodmer Expedition: Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834,” will be at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum (MLMM) July 1 through October 1.

The exhibit showcases Swiss artist Karl Bodmer’s vivid reflection of the landscapes, wildlife, frontier settlements and American Indian people.

Bodmer and German explorer and naturalist Prince Maximilian of Wied traveled the Upper Missouri River and into the West from 1832 to 1834.

The exhibit was organized by the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. The collection includes watercolors, drawings, manuscripts and memorabilia from their voyage, as well as the printing plates used to create 81 engravings.

In 1989, a limited edition was printed using Bodmer’s original plates, which were then hand-colored by master craftsmen.

Twenty of the artworks will be displayed at MLMM.

On Wednesday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m., an exhibit opening will be held at the museum. Jack Becker, Joslyn Art Museum director, will present details and celebrates the exhibit opening.

MLMM is located at 205 Third Ave. W. in Alexandria and the museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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