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New Exhibit Captures North Dakota "Vanishing Frontier"

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What do a German prince and a Swiss artist have to do with North Dakota explorers Lewis and Clark?  It's all explained in a new exhibit at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.
But for one, they came about 30 years later.  And even though they followed the earlier explorers' route, their objective was to capture North Dakota's "vanishing frontier."

"Prince Maximilian, one of the things that he was hoping to capture was what was perceived as the 'vanishing frontier.'  The people and the places were going to change.  He knew this, and he wanted to document them as they were at that time," says Kevin Kirkey, Interpretive Resource Manager, Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation.

In their journeys, artist Karl Bodmer captured some of what the Center says are the most enduring, iconic images of the American West.  Only five such collections of his work are available for public viewing.  The Center has one of those, which consists of 81 paintings.

"What this exhibit does is tells us where we've been and helps us move forward to where we're going in North Dakota," says Kirkey.

Many of the new exhibits explain North Dakota's past interactively.  The new Maximilian and Bodmer exhibit opens at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Monday.


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