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Lessons from America’s Flatboat Era

Thursday, August 31, 2023

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

In Person | Virtual

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Rinker Buck, master storyteller and New York Times bestselling author

About the Lecture

Seven years ago, readers around the country fell in love with a singular American voice: Rinker Buck, whose infectious curiosity about history launched him across the West in a covered wagon pulled by mules and propelled his book about the trip, The Oregon Trail, to 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, Buck returns to chronicle his latest adventure: building a wooden flatboat from the bygone era of the early 1800s and journeying down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, illuminating the forgotten past of America’s first western frontier. 

A modern-day Huck Finn, Buck casts off down the river on Patience accompanied by an eccentric crew of daring shipmates. Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure is a majestic feat of storytelling from a writer who may be the closest we have today to Mark Twain.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for guests attending the lecture in person.

Attendees are welcome to send comments or questions that will be answered following the lecture.

A book signing follows the Q&A.

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Registration information:

Advance registration is required whether you attend the lecture in person or online. Evening lectures will be in person in the Main Lobby and livestreamed.

In person 

Doors open at 6 p.m.
Free for Museum Members. $10 for guests


This lecture is livestreamed
and free to watch online

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