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March 16, 2009

    Lesley A. Collins

Trails Center Hosts 
Women’s History Speaker Dorene Ludwig

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will celebrate Women’s History Month by hosting a presentation by Dorene Ludwig on early western women. The program is free and open to the public.

“Across the Great Divide: How Women Made the West” will be at 2:30 p.m., March 18, 2009, at the NHTIC. Ludwig will use first person vignettes of early western women to encourage discussion about how women of varied backgrounds poured their hearts into families, their spirits into towns and their energy and hard work into the land.

Ludwig’s presentation is offered by the Wyoming Humanities Council through its 2009 Humanities Forum. For more information, contact Robin Morrison at (307) 261-7604.

In her program, Ludwig portrays western women in the roles of missionary, schoolteacher, homemaker, artist, rancher, physician, and scout. Her characterizations of women are carefully researched and raise thought-provoking questions about the impact of women on western settlement.

Ludwig is the artistic director of the American Living History Theater in Greybull. She has appeared in one-woman productions before audiences coast to coast. Ludwig travels widely and has served as a trainer for NASA, the U.S. Army, the National Park Service and various other institutions.

Council programs explore the human experience—our lives, our communities, our world—in partnership with nonprofit organizations throughout Wyoming. Emphasis is placed of fostering forums for discussion among Wyoming residents.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation.

The BLM manages more land – 258 million acres – than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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Last updated: 03-16-2009