Jefferson City, Mo. — Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced a program exploring the life of frontiersman John Dougherty. The program will feature professional archaeologist and historian Mark W. Kelly discussing his new book, Lost Voices on the Missouri: John Dougherty and the Indian Frontier. The program will be held at the Missouri State Archives, a division of his office, on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7 p.m.

John Dougherty participated in every notable aspect of life on the western frontier and made significant contributions to the fur trade of the upper Missouri River Valley. He was an interpreter and natural historian on the first federally sponsored scientific expedition to the interior of the continent and facilitated the U.S. Army’s reach up the Missouri River to establish the remote outposts of Martin’s Cantonment in 1818, Fort Atkinson in 1819 and then Fort Leavenworth in 1827. Dougherty was later appointed Indian agent for the tribes of the upper Missouri River and served as a Whig Party representative from Clay County in the 1840 Missouri state legislature. He established the town of Iatan on the Missouri River, in modern day Platte County, to facilitate westward expansion and, in company with Robert Campbell, was a successful trader along the Oregon Trail. Dougherty also constructed Multnomah, one of the largest Little Dixie plantation home in the state, near Liberty in 1856.

Join Mark Kelly as he shares his research into the life and times of a remarkable Missouri frontiersman.

The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker, (573) 526-5296 or .