Western literature scholar Linda Ross will explore the effects moving to and living on the Great Plains had on its women inhabitants at an April 19th presentation at Rock Springs Library located at 400 C Street. Ross’s program, “Tragedy and Triumph: Women’s Lives on the Great Plains” is presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council and sponsored by the Rock Springs Library.
Sickness, accidents, death, drought, hail, wind, heat, blizzards, isolation, loneliness, distance, and the seemingly monotonous landscape profoundly affected pioneer women. While many lived lives of tragedy, many more were and are successful, defying the elements, the living conditions, and the isolation. Ross will explore these women’s experiences through firsthand accounts, including journal and diary entries, personal memories, and the works of Mari Sandoz.
The free event begins at 2:00 PM and is open to the public. For more information, call Jon Harwood at 307-352-6667 x2410.