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Adam Smith & Thomas Beale: How the Invisible Hand Could Uncover a Legendary Virginia Treasure

The Legend of Beale’s Treasure has fascinated treasure hunters from across the globe for over 200 years. Could the true answer to the search be explained by economics? Join us to find out!

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University of Lynchburg Center for Economic Education

Oct 25, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration Deadline: October 25, 2023
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 1

In about 1820, Thomas Jefferson Beale left a box containing three ciphers leading to a massive underground treasure with an innkeeper in Bedford County.  Before leaving, he promised he would send the key to the ciphers once he made it home to The Great Plains.  However, no one ever heard from Thomas J. Beale again and his legendary 1,014 pounds of gold and 3,812 pounds of silver are yet to be found.  Only one of the three ciphers have been solved.

Join us for this webinar that will explore how the work of Adam Smith might shed light on the treasure hunt deep in the mountains of Bedford County, Virginia.

Each participant will receive a copy of the brand new lesson and activities in the lesson plan Adam Smith & Thomas Beale: How the Invisible Hand Could Uncover a Legendary Virginia Treasure.



Instructor: Anne Chamberlin, Director
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Anne Chamberlin, Director
Center for Economic Education
University of Lynchburg

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