Rattlesnake Under His Hat – The Story of Earl Brockelsby

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RAPID CITY, SD – The Journey Museum and Learning Center is excited to announce the next event in its Learning Forum Series set for Sunday, Nov. 20 titled ‘Rattlesnake Under His Hat: The Story of Earl Brockelsby’. Sam Hurst will discuss the incredible life of the man responsible for the world-famous Reptile Gardens.

‘Rattlesnake Under His Hat: The Story of Earl Brockelsby’ will begin at 2 p.m. on Nov. 20 in The Journey’s Wells Fargo Theater. Sam Hurst, author of Rattlesnake Under His Hat: The Life and Times of Earl Brockelsby, will discuss the incredible life of the man responsible for the world-famous Reptile Gardens.

Sam Hurst was given access to the complete archives of Reptile Gardens for Rattlesnake Under His Hat, including the financial records and five decades of private correspondence between Earl Brockelsby, his family, employees and business associates. By making use of regional and state archives, Hurst sets Brockelsby’s life in the context of the end of the frontier and the emergence of the tourism economy in western South Dakota.

Hurst is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and documentarian. In 1992, as a producer for NBC News, he was awarded a Neiman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University, where he studied evolutionary biology. Following his retirement from NBC, Hurst and his family moved to the Black Hills where he owned and operated a buffalo ranch and continued to produce independent documentary movies, including The Coming Plague fro Turner Broadcasting, A Falconer’s Memoir and Paul Ehrlich and the Population Bomb for PBS, Good Meat, for Native American Public Television and Lakota Star Knowledge for The Journey Museum & Learning Center with a grant from NASA. Hurst has written extensively about food and agriculture policy and South Dakota culture and politics, and for several years was a Sunday columnist for the Rapid City Journal.

Admission for Learning Forums is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members, and FREE for students/ children with a paid adult/senior admission (includes museum).

The Journey Museum & Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys. Make sure to visit http://www.journeymuseum.org to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

 

 

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