News Release 179

The art of George Catlin is showcased June 11 at Van Meter State Park

Volume 39-179 (For Immediate Release)
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JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 2, 2011 – Portraits of American Indians by artist George Catlin will be showcased at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Van Meter State Park near Miami. The program, presented by Roger Boyd, a member of the Pomme de Terre Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society, will be held at Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center in the park.

George Catlin was a 19th century artist who specialized in portraits of American Indians painted during the 1830s-1840s period. The program will feature portraits of Iowa, Peoria, Missouria, Kanza, Otoe, Osage, Sauk and Fox, and some western plains tribes.

The program is free and open to the public. During the program, larger-than-life size portraits by Catlin will line the walls of the cultural center.

From May through September, Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The center is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Van Meter State Park is located 12 miles northwest of Marshall on Highway 122. For more information, contact the park at 660- 886-7537 or call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit