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July 7, 2006

Library Exhibit Marks Little Bighorn Anniversary

An exhibit tracing the history of the Battle of the Little Bighorn has been installed in the Special Collections of the University of Iowa Libraries to mark the 130th anniversary of the battle.

Emeritus Librarian Robert McCown curated the exhibit that contains books and manuscripts from the UI Libraries Special Collections, as well as a descriptive map of the battlefield from the Libraries' Map Department.

In the summer of 1876 a crisis arose between the U.S. government and the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne tribes. Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry were dispatched to the Powder River in southeastern Montana. After hearing reports of a large Sioux and Northern Cheyenne encampment along the Little Bighorn river, Custer decided to attack. A few hundred cavalry troops met several thousand Indians. Today the site of the battle can be visited at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Crow Agency, Mont., about 60 miles north of Sheridan, Wyoming.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours and will run through September. Special Collections is located on the third floor of the Main Library and open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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