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September 25, 2023

Contact: Jennie Buchanan
Museum of the Western Prairie, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-482-1044

Museum of the Western Prairie to Host Book Review on “Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe”

ALTUS, Okla. — On Tuesday, October 3, at 7 p.m., Justin Lenhart, curator at the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, will review “Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe.”

The biography, released in 2022 and written by author David Maraniss, explores the colossal athletic skills of Oklahoma’s Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox), who won gold medals in the decathlon and the pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. In this biography, the narrative of Thorpe’s successes follows the personal struggles he faced in his life. Thorpe is considered the United States’ greatest athlete of the 20th century.

The event is free and open to the public. The Museum of the Western Prairie is located at 1100 Memorial Dr. in Altus. For more information, please call 580-482-1044.

The Museum of the Western Prairie is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


Editor’s Note: Photos of the Museum of the Western Prairie are available upon request.

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