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Title:
Museums and historic sites of the American West
Author:
Danilov, Victor J.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
x, 827 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy032/2001054706.html
ISBN:
9780313309083
Format :
Book

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Summary

This reference provides the first comprehensive guidebook to the remnants of a key period in American history. Danilov examines both the real and mythical history of the trans-Mississippi region from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s through the lens of more than 1,500 historic sites and museums in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Locations including missions, trails, landmarks, forts, ghost towns, and Native American villages are featured here, along with details of what is on view.

The early American West has taken on mythic proportions, coming to be regarded as a time and place unlike any other. In Historic Sites and Museums of the Old West , Victor J. Danilov examines both the real and mythical history of the trans-Mississippi region from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s through the lens of more than 1500 historic sites and museums in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Locations including missions, trading posts, trails, landmarks, military forts, battlefields, railroads, ghost towns, and early Native American villages are featured here, along with details of what exhibits and artifacts are on view.

Helpfully organized both by classification and by location, this reference volume provides the first comprehensive guidebook to the remnants of a key period in American history. As such, it will prove useful for libraries, historians, history buffs, and travelers alike.


Author Notes

VICTOR J. DANILOV, the former president and director of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, is the founder and currently the director of the Museum Management Program at the University of Colorado. He has written extensively about museums, galleries, and historic sites, and is the author of many books, including Hall of Fame Museums (Greenwood, 1997), University and College Museums, Galleries, and Related Facilities (Greenwood, 1996), and Museum Careers and Training (Greenwood, 1994).


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Booklist Review

Covers more than 1,500 historic sites in 38 states and the District of Columbia. An extensive introduction provides an overview of the various kinds of sites--museums, missions, trading posts, battlefields, landmarks, and more. This is followed by a state-by-state listing.


Choice Review

Danilov (former president/director of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and founder/director of the Museum Management Program, Univ. of Colorado) has compiled a directory that will appeal to history buffs, vacationers, and beginning researchers. Although the book focuses on the mid-19th- to the early-20th-century trans-Mississippi West, Danilov covers prehistory and early Native American peoples, and his geographic scope includes Wisconsin, Louisiana, Alaska, and Hawaii. "Remembering the Old West" provides 40 topical overviews, but the bulk of the book is devoted to geographical access organized by state (38 states and the District of Columbia) and city, supplying descriptions of individual museums and historic sites that include location, contact information (address, phone, fax, e-mail and Web site), hours of operation, and fees. An index allows easy access for known entities and a selective bibliography lists over 125 popular and scholarly books published 1954-2000. Highly recommended for college and university libraries. P. A. Frisch Our Lady of the Lake University


Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Remembering the Old Westp. 1
Prehistoric Artifacts, Villages, Mounds, and Rock Artp. 4
Native Peoples Museums and Cultural Centersp. 6
Western Heritage Museumsp. 9
History Museumsp. 11
Natural and Cultural History Museumsp. 13
Art Museums with Western Art Collectionsp. 15
Museums of History, Art, and Culturep. 16
Legendary Western Figures Museums and Historic Sitesp. 17
Author Museums and Historic Sitesp. 19
Libraries, Archives, and Research Centersp. 20
Historic Missionsp. 21
Historic Trading Postsp. 23
Historic Military Fortsp. 25
Frontier Battlefields and Related Museumsp. 32
Civil War Battlefields and Museumsp. 34
Historic Trails and Related Museumsp. 35
Historic Geological Landmarksp. 36
Historic Waterway Sites and Museumsp. 38
Historic Stage and Pony Express Stationsp. 38
Historic Towns and Citiesp. 39
Re-created Pioneer Villagesp. 43
Ethnic Museums and Cultural Centersp. 45
Mormon and Other Religious Coloniesp. 47
Historic Building Sites and Museumsp. 48
Historic Farms and Ranches and Agricultural Museumsp. 50
Historic Opera Housesp. 52
Historic Mills and Industrial Sitesp. 53
Mining Museums and Mine Toursp. 53
Ghost Townsp. 55
Logging Camps and Museumsp. 57
Transportation Museumsp. 57
Horse-drawn Vehicle Museumsp. 58
Railroad Museums and Train Ridesp. 58
Maritime Museumsp. 60
Law Enforcement Museumsp. 61
Prison and Jail Museumsp. 61
Firearms Museums and Collectionsp. 62
Firefighting Museumsp. 62
National Park Museums and Visitor Centersp. 63
Theme Parks and Other Western Attractionsp. 64
Historic Sites, Museums, and Related Facilities of the Old Westp. 67
Alaskap. 67
Arizonap. 78
Arkansasp. 112
Californiap. 119
Coloradop. 196
Connecticutp. 261
District of Columbiap. 262
Floridap. 265
Hawaiip. 267
Idahop. 274
Illinoisp. 285
Indianap. 293
Iowap. 294
Kansasp. 309
Louisianap. 332
Mainep. 343
Marylandp. 344
Massachusettsp. 345
Michiganp. 347
Minnesotap. 350
Missourip. 369
Montanap. 395
Nebraskap. 423
Nevadap. 451
New Mexicop. 465
New Yorkp. 511
North Dakotap. 517
Ohiop. 543
Oklahomap. 544
Oregonp. 573
Pennsylvaniap. 595
Rhode Islandp. 598
South Dakotap. 599
Texasp. 620
Utahp. 689
Virginap. 708
Washingtonp. 709
Wisconsinp. 742
Wyomingp. 755
Selected Bibliographyp. 777
Indexp. 783