Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe

National Archives Museum
Washington, DC

Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In person and online

Jim Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, rose to world fame as a mythic talent who excelled at every sport. He won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, was an All American football player at the Carlisle Indian School, the star of the first class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and played major league baseball for the New York Giants. Even in a golden age of sports celebrities, he was one of a kind. David Maraniss’s book, Path Lit by Lightning, tells Thorpe’s story. Anita Thorpe, Jim Thorpe's granddaughter, will be attending the program. A book signing will follow.

Registration is recommended for this program. Seating will be limited.

All American: The Power of Sports is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of AT&T, AARP, and Mars, Incorporated. Additional support provided by HISTORY® and the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family. Opening programming support provided by Anheuser-Busch.


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