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Aimee Semple McPherson
Baby Doe Tabor
Belle Boyd
Belle Starr
Carrie Tingley & Katherine O'Conner
Dolley Madison
Dona Tules
Jeanette MacDonald
Jenny Lind
Libby Custer
Lillian Russell
Lillie Langtree
Lydia Spencer Lane
Mamie Aguirre
Martha Washington
Molly Brown
Sarah Bernhardt
Susan Magoffin
West By Rail With The Harvey Girls
Westward Ho!
Photo by Adolphe Pierre-Louis
Westward Ho! - Climb aboard and head west with Van Ann Moore as she brings alive the fascinating lives and times of women who traveled overland on the Santa Fe, California, Oregon and Mormon trails. These were ordinary women who were caught up in the great migration across the American West (1840-1870) because their fathers, husbands, and brothers had determined to improve their lot in life. But the great majority of these women did not want to make the trip in the first place! Here are somes of the most haunting voices culled from hundreds of possible documentary sources. You will experience their special heroism, and industriousness, with their relentless determination to survive and keep their families intact. How thankful we chould be that these women documented their travels in diaries and letters from which we can relive their daily experiences and chanllenges. You will laugh, and you may cry, as you climb aboard the wagon train which is heading west once again. This is a combination of lecture and dramatic reenactment in period costume.