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American Journey: The Life and Times of Ed Bearss

Evening Film Screening

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 6:45 p.m.
Code: 1B0048

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The new documentary portrait of Ed Bearss, a man often called a “living national treasure,” makes its East Coast debut in a Smithsonian screening featuring appearances by Bearss and producer-director David Currey.

From his childhood on a cattle ranch in Montana to his Marine Corps days in WWII through his career as chief historian for the National Park Service, 90-year-old Bearss has lived a colorful life. But to Smithsonian Associates audiences, he is best known as the indefatigable Civil War tour guide and champion of battlefield preservation, a one-of-a-kind figure with a booming voice, extraordinary knowledge, and seemingly boundless energy. Bearss and Currey answer questions after the film.

Audience members receive a DVD of American Journey, which also includes a bonus feature: film of the December 2013 Smithsonian Associates program featuring Bearss and author James M. McPherson.


National Museum of Natural History
Baird Auditorium
10th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian