Kate Buford's long-awaited biography of Jim Thorpe is available for purchase.  The History on High museum and bookshop at 33 W. High Street has plenty of books on hand, available October 26th. Cost is $35.00. Members, use your 10% discount!  Store hours:
Tuesdays - Fridays, 10AM - 6PM    
Saturdays, 10AM - 5PM.
Or, call the shop at (717) 249-7610 to have your book mailed to you for an additional 4.00 shipping and handling fee. PA residents, add 6% tax.

Books are also available at the CCHS reception desk, Mondays, 4PM-8PM; Tues-Fridays, 10AM-4PM and Saturdays, 10-2.

It's my pleasure to endorse Buford's book after many months of anticipation.

I first met Buford at the Jim Thorpe Family Reunion in Prague, Oklahoma in May 2001. She was one of several biographers invited by Thorpe's family to share stories and testimonials about the greatest athlete of the 20th century with his family and their friends.  We all sat around the table with Thorpe's children, grandchildren, cousins and relatives spending precious time forging new friendships and hearing new stories.  We honored and celebrated the great athlete at a powwow held in his memory by the Sac and Fox Tribe at their tribal center in Prague.

Jim Thorpe, Carlisle Indian School

Buford continued that connection with the family, who has generously informed her work - an exceptionally organized and thoroughly researched biography.

A sampling of her treatment of Thorpe may be found in the Gilder Lehrmans Institute of American History's online quarterly journal "History Now," March 2010 issue XXIII. Her essay is titled"
Amateurism and Jim Thorpe at the Fifth Olympiad.

And, even more exciting - Buford will speak at the Cumberland County Historical Society in Carlisle November 11th. Her talk will include time for book signing, so get your copies early and bring them to the historical society, 21 N. Pitt St, Carlisle PA 17013. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. You won't want to miss this very special occasion.

See you there!

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