Tom Mix, Randolph Scott, and Gene Autry rode through the movies, but what happened to them when they were off screen? The next presentation in Williamsburg Regional Library's popular Talks@2 presentation series, "The Real Lives of Reel Cowboys," will explore the backgrounds of these horseback heroes before and after they became Western icons."
The Talks@2 series, which features library staff giving talks on particular areas of interest to them, was conceptualized as a way to share the vast and often surprising knowledge of our librarians and other staff with the community. As an added bonus, the talks also give WRL users the opportunity to get to know the people who serve them outside of a typical setting.
Adult Services Librarian Andrew Smith has always had a love for classic westerns, which is what inspired him to research the lives of some of the most well-known actors within the genre. His presentation will cover how they got their start, who they were as people, and what they did with their lives outside of the movies.
"These three men portrayed different versions of the cowboy hero, but they all contributed to creating an American myth as large as the West itself," said Smith. "In many ways, their own lives were also American myths, and I hope I can do justice to these incredible actors."
This free program will take place March 13 at 2 p.m. at the James City County Library. Fans of the series are also encouraged to mark their calendars for our other upcoming presentations, which include a history of how TV dinners shaped America on April 3, a look at the songs and tunes of Shakespearean times on May 16, and a celebration of one of the most beloved singers of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra, on June 6. Check www.wrl.org/talks2 for a complete list of Talks@2 descriptions and locations.
Williamsburg Regional Library consists of the James City County Library, the Stryker Center, and the Williamsburg Library and serves more than 85,000 people in the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County.