Thursday, March 22, at 6:30pm in the Community Room
The Friends of Tiverton Libraries will be hosting a new “John Fitzgerald Memorial History Program”. In memory of John, who passed away in September, we have invited historian and author Christopher Daley to give a talk, “On the Trail of Bonnie & Clyde”. John loved history, so we think it is a fitting tribute to host a program in late March, his birthday month, and this evening looks to be fun and interesting.
Here is the speaker’s description of the upcoming presentation:
This lecture, which is part travelogue and part history, will chronicle the story of Bonnie and Clyde separating the reality from the myth! For years the public has been fascinated with the story of this Dustbowl Romeo and Juliet.
However, much of what we know is mainly from the 1967 movie “Bonnie and Clyde” and more recently a highly fictionalized made for T.V. Movie shown on A&E & the History Channel. Much myth, conjecture and outright lies have grown up about the two Texas bandits but when one delves into the true story of the two lovers a much more interesting and human story emerges; much better than Hollywood was able to depict. This one hour lecture will tell that story through the use of period photographs and movies plus modern photographs and video shot by myself. I have traveled through the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri on the “Trail of Bonnie and Clyde” photographing a making video of the sites of their homes, murders, robberies, shootouts and hideouts.
Along the way I met characters like L.J. “Boots” Hinton, the son of lawman Ted Hinton – a member of the posse that took down Bonnie & Clyde in 1934 and the mayor of dusty Kemp Texas who related a fascinating story of Bonnie’s incarceration at the Kemp Calaboose. I drove over 4,000 miles in search of the real Bonnie and Clyde – I hope you will join me as I take you on the “Trail of Bonnie and Clyde.” ~Christopher Daley