It’s Wild, It’s Real, It’s Western!

Dr. Laura Beard

 “It’s Real! It’s Wild! It’s Western!”: Talking about Deadwood Facts and Fictions

Tue, 28 Nov 2023
5:30 PM Doors Open
6:00-7:30 PM Speaker + Q&A

Arcadia Brewing Co.
10712 120 St NW Edmonton (View on map)

Tickets are $12 and include 1 drink. Get them on Eventbrite.

Have you heard of the Dead Man’s Hand in poker? Ever been fascinated by Wild Bill Hickok or Calamity Jane? Or been to Deadwood, South Dakota? Or watched the “Deadwood” tv series on HBO?

The Friends of the University of Alberta are proud to bring you Raise The Bar on November 28, 2023 at Arcadia Brewing Co. (10712 120 ST NW) with Dr. Laura Beard, University of Alberta.

Come hear some of the real stories of Deadwood, South Dakota, the Black Hills, the Treaty of Fort Laramie, Saloon No. 10, and more, as Dr. Beard, talks about her research on an early Deadwood resident and his memoir, Pioneer Days in the Black Hills, taken as the authoritative source on all topics related to Deadwood and the Black Hills.

Join us for what is sure to be an insightful evening as we raise the bar on the way people learn and engage with their community. And as the promotions for the Days of ’76 rodeo proclaimed in the 1930s in Deadwood: “It’s Wild, It’s Real, It’s Western!”

Dr. Laura Beard is a Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Arts. Laura works in the areas of life narrative in the Americas. Research interests include life narratives, Inter-American literature, Indigenous literatures and cultures and related topics.

A current research project, entitled “Wanted: A Life Narrative in Deadwood,” takes up the 1939 memoir “Pioneer Days in the Black Hills: Accurate History and Facts Related by One of the Early Day Pioneers ” by John S. McClintock in order to explore how how life narrative and current heritage tourism are media through which we continually play with the past, reconfigure it, and try to make meanings out of the traces we chose to pick up from that past.

Raise The Bar is a program designed by The Friends of the University of Alberta to provide engaging learning opportunities delivered by U of A researchers in a causal setting – like a bar. We’re raising the bar on the way people consume content!