Public Program, Author Talk, Hybrid Event

Ill-Fated Frontier: Peril and Possibilities in the Early American West

Samuel Forman, MD

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

This is a hybrid event. The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00. Register for how you plan to attend below. 

In person, $10 per person fee, no charge for MHS Members or EBT Cardholders.

Register to attend in person

Virtual, no charge.

Register to attend online



Ill-Fated Frontier is a pioneer adventure with a compelling narrative of the frictions that emerged among entrepreneurial pioneers on a planned expedition, sixty enslaved people, Native Americans fighting to preserve their land, and Spanish colonials with their own agenda. It is a turbulent and visceral portrait of the wild American frontier in 1789 that begins with an optimistic plan and ends with the body of one of the expedition’s leaders returning to New Jersey pickled in a barrel of rum. What happened in between lies at the center of this fascinating account.

Hybrid Event

The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00.

Masks are optional inside the MHS building. Learn more about our COVID-19 protocols.


The virtual program begins at 6:00 PM and will be hosted on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive a confirmation message with attendance information.