CASPER, Wyo. — The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper will be hosting award-winning author Marcia M. Hensley to share stories about young women homesteaders “who set out to homestead the West in the early 1900s.”
Hensley’s presentation is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, October 16. She is the author of “Staking Her Claim: Women Homesteading in the West.”
“Her work reveals how the real experiences of women homesteaders challenge the stereotype often portrayed in popular movies and books of women as reluctant and ever-suffering wives dragged west by their adventure-seeking husbands,” the Trails Center said. “Learn more about these self-reliant women who labored to establish homes in the West and found joy in the endeavor.”
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Hensley is a retired professor of literature and writing who used to teach at Western Wyoming Community College.
“For over thirty years I lived with my husband close to the Oregon Trail on ground homesteaded by the first settlers in the Eden Valley and in the home they built over 100 years ago,” Hensley said in the press release. “Surrounded by reminders of the Oregon Trail and memories of pioneers, surrounded by the Wind River Mountains and the high deserts they knew, I found my voice as a writer and my heart’s home.”
Hensley now lives in Colorado but writes about her time in Wyoming.
The Trails Center is located at 1501 North Poplar St. in Casper. It is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free.