The National Ranching Heritage Center presents Tall Tales of the Wild West in Lubbock, TX, Fri., May 2, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Anderson Room.
A lecture by Dr. Pawel Goral, author and lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington and Dr. Meredith McClain, founding director of the Southwest Center for German Studies at Texas Tech University will start the night. Following the lectures, a movie based on one of Karl May’s books will be shown on Campbell Patio, the NRHC’s lovely brick patio.
The event celebrates German Western Writer Karl May. Planned around a new exhibition, “Tall Tales of the Wild West: The Stories of Karl May,” visitors will learn about the German Author, Karl May (1842 – 1912), and his connection to the Llano Estacado and German interest in our region.
“Winnetou” and “Old Shatterhand," two of the most popular fictional characters of the 19th and 20th century in Europe, were created by May. In a series of novels, they served as trail guides to the mystique of the American West and even today are celebrated in European festivals and theme parks. May’s books have outsold those of Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey combined and were beloved by the likes of Albert Einstein, Herman Hesse, Fritz Lang, and Franz Kafka making May something of an authority on cowboys, Indians, Rocky Mountains, saloon girls, soldiers, and banks ripe for robbing. But there’s a hitch: May never saw the West. In 1908, he made his only visit to the United States and he went as far west as Buffalo, New York. Nevertheless, his faith in the glory of the West and his ability to nurture an entire continent’s love for it has drawn countless people across the Atlantic to visit and to stay.