“You hit it out of the park! (if you'll excuse the baseball reference...)” said Bess from the Woman’s Club Library after my talk.
Telling the stories of Texas women showcased in Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie and Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS THIS FALL…
- Saturday, November 14, 10 a.m. Fort Worth ISD Archives, Sills lecture, open to the public, focusing on the women of Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie.
Located at Billy W. Sills Center for Archives of the Fort Worth ISD, 2720 Cullen St.
- November 17, Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Interbrook Woman’s Club, to talk on a “Showcase of Texas Women,” drawing stories from Texas Ranch Women as well as Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2016:
- January 22: Lecture Luncheon, Duncanville, to speak on Texas Ranch Women…
- March 3 – 5: Texas State Historical Assn. annual convention, Irving, TX on Texas women and their hospitality
- March 11: UTA Archives on Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie
- March 24: Tarrant County College, 11:30 a.m., program to be determined
Texas Women…Ranchers & ‘Dames’…
The women who make up Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie…the women who make up Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History:
I love to tell their stories, whether they are women who…
- Swapped bread and pies for hunks of venison from the Indians of Texas;
- Traded quips with legislators over women’s right to vote;
- Picked up ranch reins from fallen husbands, sons, fathers and brothers…and thrived;
- Sallied into fields as “risqué” (at the time for women) as medicine, law and preaching;
- Swapped high fashion couture for mud huts—jacals in South Texas, soddies in West Texas;
- Ran dynasties of family and ranching—cattle, sheep, polo, army and cutting horses…and mules.
- The first to fly the skies…when it wasn’t “feminine”
- Who lived in the 1700’s or the 20th Century
- Who wore native dress or Spanish fashion
- 20th Century women ranchers who bred, trained and showed polo ponies, race horses and performed at the beginnings of today’s popular Cutting Horse competitions.
- Women ranchers who rode into male provinces of Stock Shows, University regents…and made lasting change for women…for international students…for Texas.
- Women who held together homestead ranches for children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sometimes capitalizing on the cool nights of the Davis Mountains in an era before air conditioning.
These are but a few of the 80+ women I’m privileged to tell—when people ask about Texas Women, “Ranchers & Dames” - `firsts’ in law, aviation, medicine and the arts…as well as Women on the Plains and Prairies!
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