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Charles Fletcher Lummis

An advocate and promoter of the splendors of the Southwest, Charles Fletcher Lummis was quick to scold the American public about their ignorance of their own backyard: "We live in the most wonderful of lands; and one of the most wonderful things is that we as Americans find so little to wonder at." ( Some Strange Corners of Our Country, 1892, p. 1). Charles Lummis was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on March 1, 1859, and died in Los Angeles on November 25, 1928. Experiencing the new western territories firsthand, Lummis traveled on foot across the country, recording his observations in A Tramp Across the Continent (1892). This enthusiasm and energy was realized in many other books and articles about the Southwest, including A New Mexico David (1891), The Land of Poco Tiempo (1893), and Mesa, Cañon and Pueblo (1925). The title of this exhibition comes from a series of articles Lummis began in April, 1896 entitled, "The Southwestern Wonderland" published in Land Of Sunshine, a magazine he edited in Los Angeles, California, highlighting in writing and through photographs the rich cultures and grand natural landscape of the region.

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