The Fort Smith Museum of History, 320 Rogers Ave., is currently featuring the only known image of the first Fort Smith: a watercolor titled “Fort Smith Arkansaw” created by artist Samuel Seymour in 1820. Seymour visited Fort Smith on his return from the 1819-20 Rocky Mountain Expedition with Major Stephen H. Long, a U.S. Army engineer. The artist was commissioned by the Army to document the landscape and people of the western lands acquired in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.
The watercolor is on loan to the Fort Smith museum from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The painting will be on display through March 31 as part of the Fort Smith Bicentennial celebration.
The Fort Smith Museum of History is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Regular admission is $7 for adults, $5 for veterans and active-duty military members, $2 for children ages 6-15 and free for museum members and children younger than 6.
Visit www.fortsmithmuseum.org or call 783-7841 for information.