Tall Tales | Great Plains
A book program designed to help us learn about the many varied cultures, landscapes, and stories of the American West past and present. Before the program, read the selected book, then join us as we gather together to engage in meaningful conversations and shared experiences.
First 10 households to register receive a free copy of the book!*
Our exhibit, Charles M. Russell: Storyteller Across Media, features the many narratives the artist shared through his art. Most of Russell’s stories took place across the Great Plains of the American West. How has this region taken hold in the American imagination, both past and present? Writer and humorist Ian Frazier recounts the many stories he encounters during his travels through its wide open spaces in his book Great Plains.
Most travelers only fly over the Great Plains–but Ian Frazier, ever the intrepid and wide-eyed wanderer, is not your average traveler. A hilarious and fascinating look at the great middle of our nation.
With his unique blend of intrepidity, tongue-in-cheek humor, and wide-eyed wonder, Ian Frazier takes us on a journey of more than 25,000 miles up and down and across the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains. A travelogue, a work of scholarship, and a western adventure, Great Plains takes us from the site of Sitting Bull’s cabin, to an abandoned house once terrorized by Bonnie and Clyde, to the scene of the murders chronicled in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. It is an expedition that reveals the heart of the American West.
Join us for our next Tall Tales book discussion as we read and discuss Great Plains by Ian Frazier. Please read the selected book prior to the program.
Registration: Required – opens September 12
Contact: Leslie Thompson at lthompson@SidRichardsonMuseum.org or 817.332.6554 if you have any questions or would like to be added to the wait list when registration is full.
* Registrants who receive a free copy of the book can elect to pick it up at the front desk during museum hours or have it mailed for a $7 fee. Staff will confirm your option after you register.