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Can we trust the news? This familiar question haunted Americans in the 1800s, as they read reports of sinister conspiracies, miracle cures, and even men living on the moon. Whether outright fabrications or the exaggerations of a partisan press, the content of these newspapers entertained, shocked, and outraged readers. Sometimes, it changed the course of history. Join historian Alex Weston for a virtual presentation about the media landscape of the 19th century, the golden era of “Fake News.” 

This presentation will be delivered via Zoom. Registered participants will receive the virtual meeting link by email. 


Alex Weston is a filmmaker and public historian based in the Twin Cities. He has presented at historical societies and museums across the Twin Cities on topics including the 19th century media, early Western films, and how films changed World War I. Alex is Program Associate at Minnesota Historical Society, where he produces digital content for the James J. Hill House and Alexander Ramsey House. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife and three kids.


Image from Puck Magazine, 1894

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