11/16/2018 - 6:30pm
In Women’s Voices from the Oregon Trail, Susan Butruille artfully narrates the lives and struggles of the women who followed the 2,000-mile trail to Oregon 175 years ago. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition not only retraces the women’s journeys, but also brings their narratives to life in diary, song, history, poetry, quilts, and recipes. Beginning with the Midwestern farms where most of the women were from—and where so many started their journey by squeezing their families’ lives into the tiny space inside a covered wagon—Susan follows their daring and dangerous trek to a strange new land. These women toiled across unforgiving landscapes, braving dangerous rivers and mountain passes, prairie storms and disease, to reach the strange and bountiful land where a new home was supposed to await. The author herself retraces this trail as it is today in Guide to Women’s History Along the Oregon Trail, documenting where to find the markers, signposts, landmarks, and historical sites that show traces of women's historical presence along the trail. "... my go-to book for capturing the emotion of women’s stories as they crossed the continent...authentic...history as it should be written: as deeply moving story.” —Jane Kirkpatrick, NY Times bestselling author of All She Left Behind Susan G. Butruille’s nonfiction also includes Women’s Voices from the Western Frontier and Women’s Voices from the Mother Lode; and the play Recipe For Justice. Susan Butruille wrote the script for the film Bound For Oregon, featured at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City, and cofounded the annual Dangerous Women productions in Leavenworth, Washington.