Program with NPS Chief Historian Emeritus Ed Bearss is March 16

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Public historian and documentary producer David Currey will share clips from An American Journey: The Life and Times of Ed Bearss which highlights the life “of one of the nation’s most renowned historians.”  Following the short video presentation, Mr. Bearss and Currey will discuss the documentary and Mr. Bearss’ life experiences from his service in World War II through his distinguished career as Chief Historian of the National Park Service.

Currey notes, Bearss is “an authentic American character, who rose from humble beginnings on the majestic plains of central Montana to become the most recognized face of the Civil War battlefield preservation movement in the latter half of the 20th century.

  Grievously wounded in the Pacific during World War II, he has used the experience as a tool to teach future generations the value of service and sacrifice.  During a long and distinguished career in the National Park Service, Ed rose to Chief Historian where he led efforts to save battlefields across the country.”

Copies of the documentary will be for sale with proceeds from sales benefitting the Friends of the Park.  Eastern National will have copies of sevearl of Mr. Bearss’ books for sale as well.  Mr. Bearss will be available following the program to sign books.

This event is free and open to the public.  The location is the McCallie School Chapel at 500 Dodds Avenue.  The program will begin at 7:00pm.



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