The Nevada State Museum hosts monthly lectures on the history of Nevada on the fourth Thursday of each month. In January, the Francis Humphrey Lecture Series will feature an article by Dr. Gene Hattori, Ph.D., Anthropology Curator, “Reviving the Frémont Cannon.”
The event will take place from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at the Nevada State Museum. Admission to the lecture for adults is $10. Members of the Nevada State Museum and children under 17 enter free.
The Fremont Cannon of the Nevada State Museum has been traveling with the Looking for Fremont exhibit to four museums in Oregon and Nevada for seven years. Curator Gene Hattori welcomes the cannon’s return with a public presentation of this rare 1835 American model 12-pounder mountain howitzer and its controversial association with explorer Lt. John Fremont.
Between 1842 and 1844, Lieutenant John C. Frémont mapped and described the route of the Oregon Trail. His account of his research, published the following year, brought him worldwide fame as an explorer, scientist, and soldier.
Ignoring his written orders, he towed the Mountain Howitzer from St. Louis to the Oregon Territory. Eventually, his group abandoned him during a desperate winter search for a passage through the Sierra Nevada to Sutter’s Fort. This 187 year old cannon is a UNR-UNLV replica model.
Since 1993, the Nevada State Museum has honored educator and historian Frances Humphrey with a series of lectures on her behalf. We currently offer lectures in person and via Zoom.
Pre-registration is recommended and required for Zoom meeting attendees. Click here to register.
The museum is located at 600 N. Carson St. in Carson City. Regular admission to the museum is $10 for adults and free for members and children aged 17 and under.