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Lecture: Out of the Shadows, Researching Robert Campbell


New Research on the career of Robert Camp­bell has revealed how Fur Trade his­to­ri­ans, often with lit­tle research, repeat­ed­ly repro­duced wrong infor­ma­tion. Join Alan McFar­land here at the Camp­bell House as he explores con­flict­ing infor­ma­tion about Robert Camp­bel­l’s life and career, and how authors often rely on out­dat­ed and poor­ly researched sources. It will also cov­er new dis­cov­er­ies and talk about the Camp­bell let­ters that are still miss­ing. Camp­bell descen­dent Alan McFar­land will trav­el from Ire­land for the lec­ture and set the record straight.

Alan McFar­land is Robert Camp­bel­l’s great-nephew and was born just a stone’s throw from the Camp­bell ances­tral home near Plumbridge in Coun­ty Tyrone.  A retired mil­i­tary offi­cer and politi­cian, McFar­land has made the study of Robert Camp­bel­l’s life his hob­by and is work­ing on a book about the Fur Trade. 

All lec­tures are at the Camp­bell House and are free and open to the pub­lic. Reser­va­tions are not required. There is lim­it­ed free park­ing in the Muse­um lot and street park­ing is free on Sundays.

For more infor­ma­tion call 314–421-0325


LECTURE: Jim Bridger, Trailblazer of the American West

Jim Bridger lived a life that leg­ends are made of, not just as a moun­tain man but as co-own­er of Fort Bridger dur­ing the days of the Ore­gon and Cal­i­for­nia Trails. Bridger then guid­ed map mak­ers and Smith­son­ian sci­en­tists and ulti­mate­ly played a cru­cial in keep­ing sol­diers and trav­el­ers alive dur­ing the Plains Indi­an wars in the 1860’s.

Jer­ry Enzler, an award win­ing his­to­ri­an and muse­um direc­tor, brings to light a wealth of new infor­ma­tion about this icon­ic fron­tiers­man, includ­ing new infor­ma­tion from the Camp­bell papers.True West Mag­a­zine just announced its 2022 Best of the West awards, and Enzler’s Bridger biog­ra­phy won the Read­er’s Choice Non­fic­tion Award. 

Copies of the book of the same title will be avail­able for pur­chase and autograph.