Screening at Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory of Documentary on Ed Bearss

On Sunday, August 21, Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory will host the screening of American Journey: The Life and Times of Ed Bearss. Nashville is honored to have a legendary character of the National Park Service in town while the Centennial celebration of the agency is taking place across the country during the week. Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service and one of America’s preeminent Civil War historians, Bearss will attend the screening of the documentary produced by local filmmaker, David Currey, and James D. Kay, attorney and former president of the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society. The evening event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Dyer Observatory.

Ed Bearss has lead an extraordinary life. Not only is he one of the nation‘s authorities on Civil War history and battlefield preservation, he is also the most recognizable face and a living legend in the 100 year history of the National Park Service. Now 93-years-old, millions still remember his iconic voice from Ken Burns’ The Civil War. In 2014, David Currey, Principal at Encore Interpretive Design and Road Films, produced a one-hour documentary on the man behind the legend. The film takes us on a journey from his early years in 1920s Montana, to his wounding by the Japanese in World War Two, to his vaunted career in the NPS and the impact he has had on preserving some of America’s most important stories and places. All led by the master tour guide – Ed Bearss. He will talk about his career in the Park Service after the screening, as well. In 2005, Smithsonian Magazine recognized him as one of the top 35 remarkable people every American should meet.

The event is sponsored by Encore Interpretive Design, LLC, Vanderbilt University’s Dyer Observatory and the Tennessee Preservation Trust. You can purchase tickets, $25 each, to the Dyer Observatory screening by going to With your ticket you receive an American Journey: The Life and Times of Ed Bearss DVD. $5 of every ticket purchase goes to the Tennessee Preservation Trust. For more information please contact David Currey at