MEDIA RELEASE, August 1st, 2016, Southbury, CT
Jim Thorpe: Olympic Hero
Jim Thorpe was one of the most versatile athletes in modern history. He won Olympic gold in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played professional baseball for the New York Giants, and played professional football and basketball. On Tuesday, August 30th from 2-4pm, representatives from the Institute of American Indian Studies will give a presentation about Jim Thorpe’s life and athletic career, and the Olympic Committee’s decision to take his gold medals - then return them more than 30 years after his death.
The presentation will also give an overview of his tribe, The Sac and Fox, and show how that tribe and its history relates to the Pootatuck tribe, whose homeland once included what is now the town of Southbury. It will introduce the audience to Jim’s personal history, events in American Indian history with which it was entwined, and present-day information on local Native American tribes and how they relate to our community.
Registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register.
Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library
Contact: Emily Oumano
Southbury Public Library Reference Department
203-262-0626 ext. 130