Auburn professor to speak on Native American history at Jule Collins Smith Museum

AUBURN – In conjunction with an exhibition on display through Nov. 8 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, “The Indian Gallery of Henry Inman,” Auburn University history professor Kathryn H. Braund will present the lecture “Leading Men: The 1826 Treaty Delegates,” on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. at the museum.

“The Indian Gallery of Henry Inman” is an exhibition featuring 19th century Native American culture. Braund’s research focuses on the ethno-history of the Creek and Seminole Indians in the 18th and early 19th centuries. She has edited several books and published many articles on this subject and is currently working on a book about the Creek War of 1813-1814.

The collection of paintings, prints and artifacts in the exhibition represents Southeastern Creek and Cherokee leaders and warriors and includes more than a dozen original oil paintings by artist Henry Inman.

Accompanied by several of the corresponding lithographs and beaded garments as comparisons to those depicted in the portraits, these remarkable paintings offer a compelling look at a pivotal moment in history.
The lecture, along with the reception and wine tasting that will follow, are part of the museum’s monthly Free Night evenings on third Thursdays. The wine tasting is provided by Gus’s Fine Wine and Beer.

For more information about the museum or this event, go to or call (334) 844-1484. For more information on the exhibition “The Indian Gallery of Henry Inman” go to

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University is Alabama’s only university art museum. Serving as the gateway to Auburn University, the museum is home to more than 100 Audubon prints, a collection of more than 40 rare Tibetan bronzes dating from the 14th to the 20th century and works by important American artists including Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe and Lyonel Feininger.

(Contributed by Colleen Bordeau.)

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