Women in Wonderland
Wed., Aug. 13, 7-8 p.m.
Yellowstone’s historical narrative highlights men’s many adventures, heroics and contributions, while those of women have largely been forgotten. Author Elizabeth Watry profiles 14 remarkable women, who figured significantly in the development of America’s first national park in her latest book, Women in Wonderland: Lives, Legends, and Legacies.
Thurs., Aug. 14, 7-8 p.m.
On August 17, 1886, Capt. Moses Harris and the troops of Company M rode into Yellowstone to take over guardianship of this newly created national park. Replacing an underfunded and undermanned civilian administration, the Army’s assignment was supposed to be “temporary duty.” Lead author of Images of America: Fort Yellowstone, Elizabeth Watry explores the time-honored legacy of the U.S. Army in Yellowstone and the enduring cultural identity of the park’s headquarters, once known as Fort Yellowstone.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Watry is a researcher, author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in the 19th and early 20th century cultural history of the American West, focusing on tourism and women’s history. Her newest book Women in Wonderland: Lives, Legends, and Legacies of Yellowstone National Park published by Riverbend Publishing in 2012, won the 2013 WILLA Literary Award for Scholarly Non-fiction.
Talks are free to the community with support of donations, large and small, to the Teton County Library Foundation.
EXHIBIT - On view through Aug. 31, 2014
Modern black and white photos taken by exhibit curator Lee Silliman paired with 19th century hand-tinted engravings, many by photographer William Henry Jackson and painter Thomas Moran, two legendary artists who first excited the public and Congress to the realities of this formerly fabled landscape.