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March 13, 2008

Contact: 
   Lesley A. Collins
   307/261-7603

Scholar Offers Glimpse into Historical Conflict

Through her dramatic portrayal of a historical figure, western literature scholar Linda Ross will chronicle both sides of the conflict between Native Americans and the United States government at Fort Phil Kearny in the mid-1800s. Ross’s program, "Duty, Courage: A Woman’s Perspective on Fort Phil Kearny," presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council and sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, will take place on March 19 in Buffalo.

The free event begins at noon at the Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo. The public is invited

In 1866, Colonel Henry B. Carrington attempted to establish Fort Phil Kearny on land that the U.S. government had promised in perpetuity to Plains Indians. The resulting conflict led to many deaths and to Carrington’s eventual withdrawal. Ross will portray Carrington’s wife, Margaret Carrington, writing in and reading from the journal she kept during the conflict. Ross’s program also includes a slide presentation.

Ross holds a master’s degree from Chadron State College and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and she has published numerous articles in scholarly journals. She has taught at Sheridan College and at the University of Wyoming Outreach School. She lives in Buffalo.

Ross’s presentation is offered by the Wyoming Council for the Humanities through its 2008 Humanities Forum. Council programs explore the human experience—our lives, our communities, our world—in partnership with nonprofit organizations throughout Wyoming. Emphasis is placed on fostering forums for discussion among Wyoming residents.

For more information contact Wendy Sutton at the Buffalo Field Office at: (307) 684-1100.

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