Museum lecture tonight to feature mountain man

Fur trader is replacement for Susan B. Anthony

James Armstead will portray the mountain man, explorer and fur trader James Beckwourth at the Museum on Main's "An Evening with ..." Ed Kinney Speaker Series Tuesday, a change from the previously scheduled performance by Suzan Gallerito who was scheduled to portray Susan B. Anthony at this event.

Armstead's performance will start at 7 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Beckwourth, born a slave in Virginia in 1798, left for the American west after being freed by his father, who was also his master. As a fur trapper, Beckwourth was captured by the Crow Indians and married into the tribe, later rising to the position of a Crow Chief.

Armstead is a retired professor of strategy and international law from the U.S. Naval War College. He taught international law, strategy and national security policy for nearly 40 years at Stanford University, Pepperdine University, the University of California and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He enjoys portraying historical characters such as Beckwourth, Tuskegee Airman Gen. Benjamin O. Davis and early cowboy Thaddeus Dunkley.

The lectures are general seating at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $10, general admission; $7, seniors 65 and older, and students; and $5, members.

Tickets may be purchased online at, at Museum on Main during regular operating hours, or by phoning the museum at 462-2766. Those who have tickets to "An Evening with Susan B. Anthony" may use their tickets for "An Evening with James Beckwourth."

For more information on the Ed Kinney Speakers Series, visit or phone the museum at 462-2766.


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Posted by Terrence
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on May 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

These shows are superb- but nearly always sell out. We went last time and got some of the last tickets! Nice work by our little museum.

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