Join Campus Martius Museum as we open our newest exhibition. Enjoy an evening of music, light hors d’oeuvres & refreshments as you tour the exhibit: Celebrating the Pioneers. Historian, Bill Reynolds will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Each guest will be entered into a drawing to win an autographed copy of The Pioneers!
This exhibit, based on the book The Pioneers by David McCullough, explores the lives and personal objects owned by some of the individuals mentioned in the book. It offers a chance to look inside the personalities and lives of some of these important ground breakers.
In The Pioneers, McCullough tells the story through five major characters: Manasseh Cutler; Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam; Cutler’s son Ephraim; and two other men — one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science. They and their families created a town in a primeval wilderness, while coping with such frontier realities as floods, fires, wolves and bears, no roads or bridges, no guarantees of any sort, all the while negotiating a contentious and sometimes hostile relationship with the native people. Like so many of McCullough’s subjects, they let no obstacle deter or defeat them.