MAR 27: Spring Lecture Series #2 / Travel and Terror: Steamboats and the Popular Culture of Early Nineteenth-Century America
This year's Lecture Series' theme is "Public Entertainment in the Early American Republic".
Please join us for all 4 events scheduled for Tuesday evening in late March and early April.
Admission is FREE
Light snacks will be served
All lectures will be in the Museum's Dairy Barn Lecture Hall.
For More Info: http://www.frontiermuseum.org/spring-lecture-series-2018/
Lecture #2 - March 27, 7:oo pm
Guest Speaker: Cynthia Kierner, George Mason University
“Travel and Terror: Steamboats and the Popular Culture of Early Nineteenth-Century America”
From shipwrecks to earthquakes to nuclear meltdowns, disasters have figured prominently in the popular culture of most eras. From the 1820s through the Civil War, steamboats revolutionized travel and trade throughout the United States—but they also exploded with horrific frequency, leaving a trail of burnt and disfigured corpses across the continent. Small wonder that Americans found steamboats so fascinating, and that they became ubiquitous in prints, stories, and popular entertainments. Seemingly constant reports of steamboat explosions and collisions led many not only to sympathize with their victims but also to imagine themselves as future steamboat casualties.
More Info: http://www.frontiermuseum.org/spring-lecture-series-2018/