The Bair Family Museum in Martinsdale will feature two original exhibits this season from May 25 to October 28, 2018. Edward S. Curtis was initially drawn to Southwest Indian tribes because they afforded him an unusual glimpse into pre-white Indian life. In the early 1900s, many people still lived in traditional ways, strongly tied to their ancient culture and religious traditions. The Native tribes of the Southwest had a strong relationship with their ancestral land, which in both its physical and metaphysical manifestations was at the center of their history, tradition, and beliefs. Desert Tribes of the Southwest will feature original photogravures printed on Japanese tissue circa 1907-1909 from the Bair Collection. The following tribes are represented in the exhibit: Papago, Jicarillas, Navajo, Apache, Pima, Mohave, Yuma and Maricopa.


The museum will also feature hand colored photographs by Layton Alton Huffman (1854-1931) from the collection of the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana in an exhibit entitled The Big Open, Frontier Landscapes by L.A. Huffman. Huffman’s favorite place was an area he called the “Big Open” or the “Big Dry” country north of Miles City.  It is a vast, wide-open, semi-arid country where he saw endless wilderness stretched out before him.  His “scenic views” of this area constituted a large part of his business, and it was here that he took most of his favorite pictures. The Huffman and Curtis exhibits will be on view from May 25 through October 31, 2018.


The museum is open everyday from May 25, 2018 (Memorial Day weekend) through September 3rd (Labor Day) from 10 am to 5 pm. After Labor Day the museum is closed Monday and Tuesday, open Wednesday through Sunday until the end of October. For further information call the Bair Museum 406.572.3314, or visit us on Facebook or