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Remington Museum Book Club to Discuss Stories from Crooked Trails

Pictured: The cover of the 1898 edition of Crooked Trails, a collection of stories and articles by Frederic Remington. A book club at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg will discuss three stories from this book on December 13.


Ogdensburg, NY — The Frederic Remington Art Museum invites the public to the next meeting of the Remington Book Club on Tuesday, December 13 at noon. The Book Club, which meets monthly, explores the writings of Frederic Remington. The Club is free and open to the public, and has a hybrid format, so that participants can join the conversation in person at the Museum or virtually via Zoom. The Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at noon, so that even working people can participate during lunch.

The next meeting of the Remington Book Club will discuss the first three stories from Remington’s 1898 collection of stories and articles called Crooked Trails. The three stories are “How the Law Got into the Chaparral,” “The Blue Quail of the Cactus,” and “A Sergeant of the Orphan Troop.” The stories include a set of striking recollections shared by old Texas Rangers, a colorful account of midwinter bird hunting in Texas and northern Mexico, and a portrait of then-Sergeant Carter P. Johnson during the grim conflicts of the Northern Cheyenne Exodus of the 1870s.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 13 at noon, in the Museum’s Tiffany Room and online via Zoom. To learn more and to register, you can call 315-393-2425 or email info@fredericremington.org

The full text of Crooked Trails, including the three stories to be discussed this month, is available digitally for free here through Open Library.

“Frederic Remington’s creative output was not limited to paintings, drawings, and sculptures; he wrote works of fiction and nonfiction as well, ranging from articles for the magazines of his day to full-length novels. This book club is an opportunity to explore the work of Remington the writer,” notes Museum Curator & Educator Laura Desmond. Readers can participate in the entire series, or just individual sessions. Desmond added that readers should expect to encounter and discuss Remington’s complicated, and sometimes disturbing, views of race and ethnicity.