This past winter, the Filson Historical Society made an exciting new acquisition: a complete three volume set of McKenney and Hall’s History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Created by former United States Superintendent of Indian Affairs Thomas L. McKenney (1785-1859), the work is richly Illustrated with 120 hand-colored folio size portrait prints of Native American politicians and historical figures. It also took nearly two decades to produce: from 1830 to 1847—a brutal period of removal and dispossession for many Native Americans. Filson curator Abby Glogower takes us between the pages to explore the historical and political contexts that shaped McKenney’s History and to meet some of fascinating individuals profiled within.
Dr. Abigail Glogower curates the Jewish Community Archives at the Filson Historical Society and holds a PhD in American art and visual culture.