Prince Maximilian and Karl Bodmer: Touring the Wilderness of North America

A Road Scholar Program by Brian "Fox" Ellis

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Sep 26, 2024


Groff Memorial Public Library & Museum
118 S Middle St
Grayville, IL 62844



Join the Prince of Wied, Maximilian, as he takes you on a tour of North America as he saw it in 1832-34. 

Using Karl Bodmer’s illuminating illustrations in a multi-media slide show, Prince Maximilian will escort the audience on an adventure from the Grand Banks of Newfoundland to the Great Falls of the Missouri River, from New Harmony, Indiana to New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Travel with this intrepid explorer to meet America’s best scientific minds, explore the West in the wake of Lewis and Clark, camp among the Mandan, Lakota, Crow and Omaha, and participate in traditional American Indian drumming songs.

Storyteller and author Brian “Fox” Ellis steps into the shoes of Prince Maximilian, allowing the audience to step back in time. Blending history, science, art and cultural anthropology, the Prince gives us a unique view of America as he saw it in the early 1830s. 

Much of the text for this performance comes directly from his journals. The backdrop includes landscapes, portraits, and scenes from everyday life painted by Karl Bodmer. 

This program was sponsored in part by New Harmony, Indiana in celebration of their bicentennial, with support from the Joslyn Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Kathleen Rister at

Learn more about Brian “Fox” Ellis, this program, and how to book it here.

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