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Trails Center Hosts Women’s History Speaker Dorene Ludwig

By Lesley Collins, Public Affairs Specialist, High Plains District

Dorene Ludwig answers questions from the audience at the Trails Center.
Dorene Ludwig answers questions from the audience at the Trails Center.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) celebrated Women’s History Month by hosting a free presentation by Dorene Ludwig on early western women.

“Across the Great Divide: How Women Made the West” was held at 2:30 p.m., March 18, 2009, at the NHTIC. Ludwig used 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.

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 BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation.

Last updated: 07-27-2009