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.
- March 2nd, noon, Abilene Public Library downtown. Talking about “Revolutionary women” on Texas Independence Day, a fundraiser for Friends of the Library. Brought about by former FW Star Telegram reporter Glenn Dromgoole.
- March 15, 2-4 p.m. Austin, Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms. I’m privileged to be the kick off speaker for “Sunday Socials.” I’m looking forward to the visit to the working historical village that includes a Tonkawa village, a German immigrant cabin, Texian Homestead and a Cotton Planter’s Farm besides the rural village. Someone handed the director a card about Texas Ranch Women.
- April 11, 2 p.m., Arlington, Daughters of the Texas Republic at the Fielder Museum. At this event, nearing San Jacinto Day (April 21) where Texans won the Independence declared March 2, 1836, I’ll be talking about women who figured in this pivotal day of Texas history. Came about through a woman I met at a Christmas booksigning.
- April 29, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, Women’s Club of Fort Worth’s Texas Library’s closing luncheon. A jewel in Fort Worth’s crown, I’ve drawn much information from the collections they so lovingly house. They heard me speak at the Fort Worth Public Library.
- June 24, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, About Texas’ Ranch Women on a Ranch Women panel for Western Writers of America (WWA), where I’ve been a member for year. WWA will be holding its annual convention in Lubbock, TX.
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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“Texas Ranch Women During the Republic of Texas” – program for Daughters of the Texas Republic, the Frances Van Zandt chapter.
AT TCU Women Exes, Saturday morning group.