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‘Women’s Voices on the Overland Trail’ presented

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

Nevada State Parks invites the public to Mormon Station State Historic Park at 10 a.m. Saturday to hear a free presentation on “Women’s Voices on the Overland Trail.”

Doris Dwyer will give the presentation. Dwyer is a professor of history at Western Nevada College whose research focuses on women pioneers of the nineteenth century American West.

The 45-minute presentation will feature stories from women’s diaries and reminiscences of early pioneers who traveled westward on the trail. These accounts, which pay special attention to the landscape, Native Americans and the danger and promise of the journey, provide a vivid account of pioneer life and illustrate how women pioneers often formed the backbone and inspiration for the long, arduous western journeys of nineteenth-century emigrants.

Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and meet in the shaded stockade area of the park. After the presentation, enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. For more information, call 782-2590.