Artifacts discovered by explorer John Wesley Powell return to Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- Cultural artifacts first collected by the famed explorer John Wesley Powell are returning “back home” to Utah this September.

Powell is famous for a three-month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers in 1869, including the first official U.S. government-sponsored passage through the Grand Canyon.

Recently transferred from Illinois State University, the objects will be shown on Sept. 22 at the Natural History Museum of Utah from 10 a.m .to 5 p.m.

This one-day event will give the public an opportunity to learn more from nationally-recognized experts, about his expeditions.

There will be Native American artifacts like baskets, moccasins, a bow and quiver, and other items.

Dr. Lisbeth Louderback, Archeologist for the Natural History Museum of Utah joined us on Midday to talk about the historical and cultural significance of Powell’s expeditions and how the University of Utah are experts in restoring and preserving the fascinating objects recently transferred to Utah for study.

Get your tickets here.

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