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National Parks Store: Forgotten American Hero

Discover Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a forgotten hero whose accomplishments were crucial to the landscape of the American west.

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HOBO_talk_2PM_lgPresented by Bill Niehaus, amateur historian

Edward “Ned” Fitzgerald Beale was a Mexican War hero, a friend of Kit Carson, John Freemont, and Ulysses S. Grant, and a key player in the development of the American West. Beale played a critical role in the California gold rush, and built the wagon road that would become the route for the Transcontinental Railroad. Beale helped charter a humanitarian policy protecting Native Americans in the 1850s. Yet most people have never heard his name. Join National Parks Store Assistant Manager Bill Niehaus for a closer look at this rarely celebrated national figure. Niehaus will bring Beale into the spotlight with stories of his many accomplishments—accomplishments that embodied a time period and shaped the landscape and history of the American West.

12PM & 2PM

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Event Tags: free, history, Old West, presentation, the West

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The National Parks Store
12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85755 United States
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