“In Their Own Words: Diaries of 19th Century Women” presented by Reba Wells Grandrud, retired Director of the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Papago Park.
December 10 – Food for Thought presentation, 12:00pm 1:00pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue, Lower Level 1 meeting room, downtown Tucson
This presentation will “explore what it was like to be a woman traveling on the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, or the Southern Route to California in the mid-19th century. Who were these women and how did they feel about uprooting their lives? Between 1840 and 1870, more than a quarter million Americans moved west across the continent. They were searching to find free land, to strike it rich, to provide a better life. Some went for adventure, for the new and exotic experience, “to see the elephant.” But women often went because they had no choice but to follow their husbands, fathers, or brothers who had determined to leave settled areas behind and seek their fortune in the West. As shapers of families, women clung, almost possessively, to two things: traditional roles and traditional networks of support. They have been described as “ordinary women, caught up in a momentous event of history.”
This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council. This Council “creates opportunities for sharing these diverse stories through critical thinking and public discussion, to better understand and appreciate one another, so that we can make informed decisions about our collective future.”
For those attending the program a two hour free parking validation is available for the garage directly below the library. All are invited to bring their lunches for these free programs.
For a calendar of future Food for Thought lectures click here.
Note: I’ve enjoyed in the past these varied luncheon speakers (cafeteria style) while enjoying a bag lunch. And this fascinating talk will be about courageous American women of 1840 to 1870, some of whom were our grandmothers and great grandmothers.