Hear Border Adventures at Historical Society Lecture

Dr. Samuel Truett/Courtesy LAHS


Set sail with two enigmatic globetrotters for the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. One was a former English adventurer who fought pirates and sailed opium clippers. The other was a Cossack warrior who became an Indian fighter, border guard and spy. Their stories connect the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to world history in unexpected ways.

Samuel Truett will present “Globetrotters, Border Crossers, and the Tangled Tales of U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 at Fuller Lodge. The talk is part of the 2013-2014 Los Alamos Historical Society lecture series, “Frontiers.”

Truett is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of New Mexico, where he teaches borderlands history. He is author of several publications, including Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2007 by Choice Magazine.

Truett was selected “Top Young Historian” by HNN History News Network in April 2008. Truett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in History from Yale University. 

He is writing a history of adventurers and other border crossers in the Americas, the Pacific, and the China Seas.

As a teacher-scholar he crosses multiple borders—as he puts it, “trying not to get busted by the academic migra, and helping others develop the tools and historical curiosity to make border crossings central to their own intellectual journeys.”

Sponsored by the Los Alamos National Bank and the members of the Historical Society, lectures in the series are at 7:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of the month. Visit http://www.losalamoshistory.org/Events.htm for a schedule and for a synopsis of each lecture.