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  • Dates: September 5, 2021
  • Location: Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum
  • Time: Sept. 5-Nov. 7
After the opening of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, the public clamored for images of the newly accessible American West. Harper Brother’s publishing firm in New York sought to capitalize on this and chose Jules Tavernier and Paul Frenzeny to create images of the frontier. These men were skilled at depicting newsworthy places or events that favored the plight of the common man. Tavernier created each engraving’s watercolor painting before handing it off to Frenzeny, who added newsworthy details and drew the scene in pencil on wood blocks. Their engravings depict their 1873 cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco and the introduction of the American West to late nineteenth-century America. This exhibit includes 40 framed engravings, two reproduction watercolors, didactic text panels, artifacts from Tavernier’s family, and educational materials for all ages.