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The Sioux Wars: A Historic Exhibit
August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Cathedral City Public Arts Commission (CCPAC) hosts a special photographic exhibit entitled, “The Sioux Wars: A Historic Exhibit,” starting Saturday, July 22, 2017 through early September. The exhibit is open on Saturdays and Sundays only between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm at the Cathedral City Cultural Arts Museum located adjacent to City Hall, 68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, in Downtown Cathedral City.
“The Sioux Wars: A Historic Exhibit” showcases the photographic work of the late photographer David Frances Barry. His collection includes photographs captured from the Western Frontier from the 1860s to the 1880s including images taken after the infamous Battle of Little Bighorn, commonly known as Custer’s Last Stand. The collection includes the first photographs known of Indian Chiefs Gall, Low Dog, and Sitting Bull. Additionally, Barry photographed military leaders of the 7th Cavalry Regiment and others including General Custer, Lt. James Calhoun, and General Nelson A. Miles as well as Annie Oakley.
The Sioux Wars lasted nearly 40 years (1851-1890), costing hundreds of lives, and virtually ending the Indian’s way of life on the Great Plains.
In 1934, the Denver Public Library purchased the negative collection of David Frances Barry collection. Several reprints were made available. Cathedral City residents Michael and Jan Marchese generously donated these extremely rare images to the City. Thanks to their generosity, this exhibit will allow the public to view all of the 50 framed prints and read about their historic significance in one location. Admission is free.
The CCPAC’s mission serves to collect and preserve art from local and renowned artists and is funded by developer fees. Composed of seven local residents who are appointed to three-year terms by the City Council, CCPAC meets once a month in Council Chambers on the 2nd Monday of each month starting at 5:30 pm. The agenda for each meeting and video of the meetings are available on the City’s website at: www.CathedralCity.gov.
The CCPAC also maintains an APP (Cathedral City: Where Art Lives) that provides listings, photos, descriptions, and walking/driving tours of the City’s public art. It is available as a free download for Apple or Android Devices from their respective APP stores.