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Whitman to present a live western based on local history

Posted: October 24, 2013 - 12:07am

Alaska history will be brought to life this Friday and Saturday in two presentations written and performed by local storyteller Mark Whitman. Whitman’s original show, “The Birch Brothers: A Final Western of the Last Frontier,” is set in Douglas in the late 1800s, when the state was still the District of Alaska. It centers on the Birch brothers, two rough characters who arrived in the area as part of a wave of gold rush adventurers, and who made their money smuggling liquor -- a profitable industry at that time.

Whitman’s story was written based on his research of primary source materials. It will be presented with live music from the Beat Bros. Shows are Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. The presentation is free.

Winter hours at the museum are 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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