Alex Johnston Lecture - Dr. William Baker

Event Date:
Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 19:30 - 21:00

Lethbridge Public Library, 7:30 p.m.

The Alex Johnston Lecture Series presents Dr. William (Bill) Baker, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Lethbridge, as he presents From Fact to Fiction: 31 Years on the Trail of Captain Deane of the Mounties.

From 1883 to 1914 Richard Burton Deane was a senior officer in the Mounted Police. His writings, both published and unpublished, are an important and vibrant witness to the transformation of the southern Prairies in the settlement years.

Since the early 1980s professor Baker has carried out wide-ranging research, made numerous presentations, and published articles and books on Captain Deane. He has now produced a novel, The Father Quest, investigating the mystery of Deane’s biological father. Was that man Deane’s reputed progenitor, Rev. Henry Deane, or perhaps Sir Richard Burton, the famous 19th century explorer, writer, and compiler/translator of the Arabian Nights and the Kama Sutra?