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Readers love the stories of

"You have a knack for bringing to life women of the past. I enjoy these stories."
— Beth Kisor
Historic Fort Worth Inc.

Did you know...

Did you know that in the Central Texas town of Brownwood a young woman who suffered migraines became the state’s First Woman Optometrist...she pumped the organ in her church and helped shape the Texas Democratic Party.
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At the Friends of the Library for Abilene Public Library luncheon on Texas Independence Day, I got to tell the stories of the women of the Republic.



Carmen Goldthwaite speaking

“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...Ranchers & Dames..
…stories about the women from my books, Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie and Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History—the women who lived “hard” to create a softer, gentler Texas.


Audiences have enjoyed tracing Texas’ tradition of hospitality from the earliest times to modern Texas; or, the foods and music that various waves of settlers brought to Texas, or Tejas. On another occasion, I spoke about the women of the forts—military wives and their mix (or not) with settlers.

I’ve spoken to businesses, schools, historical associations and gatherings, churches, a cooking school and women’s clubs. Each one beckons a niche for a program tailored to their members’ interests. Let’s talk!

CONTACT: carmengoldthwaite@sbcglobal.net for a program whether about 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—jackals in South Texas, soddies in West Texas;

  • Who ran dynasties of family and ranching—cattle, sheep, polo and cutting horses

  • 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

A SIDE NOTE…Texas women applaud the “Dames” and “Sassy and Savvy” titles used on my books as descriptions of these women…a testament that we still pride ourselves on these traits that early women called on to “run sprawling ranches, helm major banks and shape Lone Star History.”

HOW FUN… to tell their stories! Do contact me if you’d like to schedule such an event for your group—civic, church, professional, historical, educational, etc. carmengoldthwaite@sbcglobal.net OR 817 726 0412.