On Saturday, June 12 at 11am, as part of the Silver City Museum’s Unpacking Silver City presentation and discussion series, U.S. history teacher, education consultant, and author Jim Smith will present “The West in Popular Culture: Silver City and the Legend of Billy the Kid,” a survey of how stories about Billy the Kid have changed over time and how the Kid’s legend fits into the larger context of how the West is portrayed in popular culture.
To register and attend, go to www.silvercitymuseum.org, click on https://us02web.zoom.us/
As a subject of legend and myth, Billy the Kid is one of the most well-known characters from the American West. In stories that stretch across the spectrum from light entertainment to serious art, the Kid has been portrayed as a violent punk and a champion of the oppressed, a rebellious youth and a populist hero, a black-hearted soul and a tragic young boy who went bad after the death of his mother. For more than 140 years, people have been telling stories about Billy the Kid and will no doubt continue telling them far into the future.
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