Presented by Dr. Leo E. Oliva
This presentation looks at the adventures & reflections of 4 of the remarkable women who wrote their own stories. Susan Shelby Magoffin traveled with her husband’s wagon train in 1846; Katie Bowen traveled the trail in 1851. From the age of 7 to 17, Marion Sloan Russell traveled the trail five times with her single mother. Perhaps the most famous of this group, was suffragist and abolitionist Julia Archibald Holmes who wrote letters as she traveled the Trail across Kansas Territory to the Rocky Mountains.
Kansas historian Dr. Leo E. Oliva from Woodston, Kansas is a well known speaker and author. A graduate of Fort Hays State University, he earned a Masters degree in American history and a Ph.D. in American studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of several books (including Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail in 1967 and six of the eight books in the Kansas Forts Network Series) and many articles about the frontier West and Kansas. He was editor of the Santa Fe Trail Association quarterly, Wagon Tracks, for 25 years and writes a weekly newspaper column on “Our Kansas Heritage.” He is a member of the Humanities Kansas Speakers’ Bureau.
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