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ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008
FOR RELEASE: July 22, 2008
CONTACT: David Jamiel, (775) 753-0213, david_jamiel@nv.blm.gov

“HISTORY IN THE PARK”
“Women of the West”
July 29 – 7:00 PM

Elko, Nev. —Life in the American West was often hard and dangerous, especially for single women. Many women who may have gone West with husbands or parents often found themselves widowed or orphaned in a world dominated by men. They had little to no personal rights. These women had to be strong and resourceful if they were to survive. Some even resorted to donning men’s clothing and taking up men’s professions—not because they wanted to, but because they felt they had to, in order to survive.

Come join the “Trail Ladies” on July 29 as they share tails of women who passed themselves off as soldiers, doctors, stage coach drivers and various other professions without ever being discovered. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Elko City Park behind the Northeastern Nevada Museum, 1515 Idaho Street. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and be entertained with true stories of the American West. The “Trail Ladies” include Helen Hankins, Shirley Jamiel, Mary Jo King and Jan Petersen.

The lectures are jointly sponsored by the Elko Bureau of Land Management/California Trail Center and the Northeastern Nevada Museum.

For information contact Trail Center Manager David Jamiel at 753-0213 or Gary Koy Supervisory Park Ranger at 753-0281.

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Last updated: 07-22-2008