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John C. Fremont lecture set for Oct. 23 in Carson City

By Chris Moran

Gene Hattori, curator of anthropology at the Nevada State Museum, Carson City, will discuss explorer John C. Fremont Oct. 23 at the museum.

Gene Hattori, curator of anthropology at the Nevada State Museum, Carson City, will discuss explorer John C. Fremont Oct. 23 at the museum.

Learn what famed explorer John C. Frémont lost and found during his travels in the west during 1843 and 1844 at a talk from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St. in Carson City.

Gene Hattori , the museum’s curator of anthropology, will give the lecture. The museum currently is showing the exhibit “Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West” through spring 2015.

Frémont’s return route from his second expedition followed the western border of the Great Basin within Oregon country and Alta California in the fall and winter of 1843 and 1844. To explore and map the rugged region, which lacked established trails, he left his carts and wagon behind. His mountain howitzer was the notable exception. Historic artifacts associated with specific and general places recoded in Frémont’s  journal have been discovered over the years.

“Perhaps the most significant artifacts are arguably the museum’s mountain howitzer tube and the recently discovered cannon carriage components from the West Walker River,” Hattori said. “We present data and observations concerning the Frémont Howitzer Recovery Team’s howitzer carriage finds.”

Other artifacts to be discussed include coins, kettles and buttons with attributions to Frémont’s expedition.

Hattori’s presentation is part of the Frances Humphrey lecture series offered at the museum on the fourth Thursday of the month. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $8, free for museum members and children ages 17 and younger. The program is included with regular museum admission. Details: Deborah Stevenson, [email protected] or 775-687-4810, ext. 237.

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