Senior American Special – Friedrich Gerstacker: An Astonishing Observer of Antebellum Arkansas

Petit Jean State Park

October 17, 2013
4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Meeting Place: Rec Hall
Admission: Free

2013 is the 175th anniversary of German hunter, traveler, and author Friedrich Gerstacker coming to Arkansas. His first book, Wild Sports in the Far West, provides a sympathetic and detailed description of life in the state 1838-1842. This and other fictional and semi-fictional novels and tales were set in Arkansas and nearby. These adventures made him a famous author and interpreter of U.S. life to Germans in the second half of the 1800s. In his honor, Dr. Skip Stewart-Abernathy, WRI Station Archeologist, will provide an introduction to Gerstacker.

Petit Jean State Park
1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road
Morrilton, AR  72110
Ph: (501) 727-5441

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