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Brown Bag Lunch with Bill Farley on James A. MurrayEducation :: Speaker also Art :: Book Signing
Brown Bag Lunch with Bill Farley on James A. Murray
12:00 PM
Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives
The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives will continue its Brown Bag Lunch series on Wednesday, March 14, with a presentation by Bill Farley about James A. Murray (U.S. Senator, 1934-1961). Bill Farley is the author of the new biography, James A. Murray, Butte's Radical Irish Millionaire. Mr. Farley will discuss how he rescued Murray from obscurity, provide an overview of the book and its many characters, and, in recognition of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebration, delve into Murray's radical measures to support a free Ireland.

Farley is a second great grand-nephew of James A. Murray. His interest in Murray’s life was piqued when he found an obituary for Murray among the estate papers of his father in 2012. The obituary credited Murray with a significant role in pioneering the West, mentioned his obsession with practical jokes, and highlighted his generosity with pioneers that fell on hard times. Farley, whose career touched on mining, waterworks, and real estate, took the challenge to bring Murray’s full story to life. Prior to this complete work, Farley treated excerpts of Murray’s life in Montana: The Magazine of Western History, The Journal of San Diego History, and Wild West Magazine. Farley is native of Sacramento, California, and currently resides in Richmond, Virginia.

The presentation will begin at noon and run about an hour at the Archives, 17 W. Quartz. Guests are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Coffee and water will be provided.

Brown Bag Lunches are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. Upcoming lectures will focus on topics of local interest. For more information, contact the Archives at 782-3280.

Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives
Address: 17 West Quartz Street Butte, MT 59701
Phone: 4067823280

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