Distinguished History Professor to Discuss the Early West

OGDEN, Utah – As part of the Fall 2011 Critchlow Lecture Series, Elliott West, a University of Arkansas professor of American history, will present “The West Before Lewis And Clark: Three Lives.”

In his presentation, West will splice together the lives of three people in hopes of showing how much was happening in the West prior to the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The lecture, which is free to the public, will be held Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning, Dumke Legacy Hall.

The first person to be discussed is a man, wanted for the murder of French explorer Robert de LaSalle, who went on to become a prominent New Mexican before being killed by the Pawnees.

Next, West will give an account of a Missouri woman who bore a son by a French trader and later met Louis XV as part of a 1725 delegation to Paris, before living out her life in Illinois.

Finally, he’ll share the story of a young New Mexican mother who was captured by Comanches, sold to the Pawnees, married to a French trader and taken to St. Louis, where she was as a matriarch when Lewis and Clark passed through on their way west.

The presentation is sponsored by William Critchlow III, the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and the Department of History.

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Sara Dant, history professor
801-626-6699 • sdant@weber.edu


Kamri West, office of Media Relations
801-626-7948 • kamrirasmussen@weber.edu