In 1883, F. Jay Haynes — one of the most famous photographers of the era — joined President Chester Arthur’s expedition to Yellowstone National Park.
Frank H. Goodyear III, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, wrote a book about the adventure.
On July 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium in Cody, Wyoming, Goodyear will share highlights from his 2013 work, "A President in Yellowstone: the F. Jay Haynes Photographic Album of Chester Arthur’s 1883 Expedition." Early arrival is advised as seating is limited.
The free lecture explores the history and significance of the excursion using images from Haynes’s photo album of the trip. A reception with appetizers and cash bar and a book-signing follow.
Arthur departed for Yellowstone from the White House on the morning of July 30, 1883. Yellowstone had been established by an act of Congress only 11 years earlier. The president’s host and primary guide was Philip Sheridan, the famed Union general who then served as the commander of the Military Division of the Missouri.
The presidential party embarked on a month-long overland journey, traveling northward from the railroad depot in Green River, Wyoming, through the area’s Wind River and Teton Ranges into Yellowstone. It would be the longest trip President Arthur had ever taken. To commemorate the expedition, Haynes created the album of photographs from the group’s travels.