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American West Program Presents A Trail To Disaster: John Charles Fremont's Expeditions Into The Rocky Mountains

Monday, June 15, 1998

FORT COLLINS--The 21st American West Program at Colorado State University will feature a presentation on a Western explorer's unsuccessful expeditions into the San Luis Valley and the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado in the mid-1800s.

The program, free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. June 16 in Room 113 Natural Resources Building at Colorado State.

Patricia Joy Richmond, historian and teacher from Crestone, Colo., will discuss the fourth and fifth expeditions of John Charles Fremont, an explorer who was seeking a route through the Rocky Mountains for a transcontinental railroad. Fremont lost a third of the men in his party to hunger and cold on one of those expeditions.

Richmond joins a series of speakers visiting campus this summer to explore Western expansion under the program's theme, "Manifest Destiny and the West to 1850." Other highlights of the program include a discussion on the Alamo, a presentation on Manifest Destiny and the rise of modern journalism and forgotten episodes of the U.S.-Mexican War.

All programs are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 113 Natural Resources Building.

In conjunction with the American West Program, the summer exhibit of the Curfman Gallery in the Lory Student Center will feature the artwork of William Henry Jackson.

A complete schedule of events follows. * June 16 - "Trail to Disaster: John Charles Fremont's Fourth Expedition into the San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado," Patricia Joy Richmond, historian and teacher from Crestone. * June 23 - "Manifest Destiny and the Rise of Modern Journalism," Charles Rankin, editor of Montana, The Magazine of Western History from the Montana Historical Society. * June 30 - "The Alamo: The Mexican View," Daniel Martinez, historian for the National Park Service. * July 7 - "Conquest of New Mexico and the Invasion of Chihuahua, Mexico: A Forgotten Episode of the U.S.-Mexican War," Neil Mangum, superintendent of Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. * July 14 - "Manifest Destiny and Indian Removals," Valerie Mathes, professor in the department of social science at City College of San Francisco. * July 21 - "Los Capitalistas: New Mexican Merchants and the Santa Fe Trade," Susan Calafate Boyle, independent historian from Fort Collins. * July 28 - "The Western Hero and Manifest Destiny - Boone, Crockett and Carson," Paul Hutton, history professor at the University of New Mexico.

For more information on the American West Program, call Harry Rosenberg in the history department at 491-5230.

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