Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Troutdale Historical Society and McMenamins History present…

Cowgirls and Ranch Women: Pioneers Pushing Gender Boundaries

Edgefield History Pub

5 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m event
All ages welcome

About Cowgirls and Ranch Women: Pioneers Pushing Gender Boundaries

Cowgirls appeared on the American frontier in the mid-1800's. In an era when women were expected to act ladylike, sew, serve tea in the parlor, and care for her husband and family, these determined and spirited female pioneers lived on the fringes of society working stock alongside the cowboys. Lynne McKee will present stories and images of the early cowgirls of the American West who worked on ranches, performed in Wild West shows and competed in rodeos, while discussing their impact on re-defining gender roles.

About the Speaker:
Since 2016, Lynne McKee has been the Benton County Fairgrounds Manager. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Deepwood Museum & Gardens, an 1894 Queen Anne Victorian historic house located in Salem, Oregon. She holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Davis and a master's degree in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. She has worked for a variety of museums including the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles; Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's historic home in Charlottesville, Virginia; and the National Museum of Natural History, part of the Smithsonian Institution. Mrs. McKee also worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C. for eight years as their Art Theft Program Manager recovering stolen cultural property around the world. During her tenure at the FBI she co-founded the organization's first Art Crime Team.

About Edgefield History Pub

Edgefield History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.