a hard land, and it bred hard men to hard ways.
—Louis L'Amour on the wild West
In a land full of beauty and danger, some brave men and women called the American West their home. The National Portrait Gallery invites you to show off what you know of their adventures and separate history from legend at this month’s Pop Quiz on Wednesday, October 24 in the Kogod Courtyard.
This month’s collections-based trivia game will cover the historical figures who rode, robbed, and fought their way across this continent in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries.
Did you know that Apache leader Geronimo rode in President Theodore Roosevelt’s 1905 inaugural parade? Or that the seventh governor of Texas, Sam Houston, was removed from office when he refused to swear allegiance to the Confederacy? Through enduring controversy and lawless lands, this month’s Pop Quiz explores the wildest years on the American frontier.
The Courtyard Café will be open, and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. DJ Micah Vellian will be spinning tracks starting at 5:00 p.m., and trivia begins at 6:30 p.m.
Here is a sneak peek at the ten-point bonus question for this month’s Pop Quiz trivia:
Red Cloud (right) was the war leader and chief of the Ogala Lakota Sioux. He led a successful campaign known as Red Cloud’s War against the United States. The war ended in 1868, and a treaty was signed. Red Cloud led the transition to reservation life.
What was the name of the treaty Red Cloud signed to end Red Cloud’s War?
David Crockett / Unidentified Artist / Woodcut on paper, 1837 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Red Cloud / Elbridge Ayer Burbank / Oil on canvas, c. 1910-1930 after 1899 original / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Dr. and Mrs. Dudley F. Rochester