Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Edgefield History Pub

Who is Oregon’s Mother?

Edgefield - Blackberry Hall

5 pm doors, 6:30 pm event

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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About Who is Oregon’s Mother?

Who is Oregon’s Mother?

Presented by Jane Kirkpatrick, Author

How did a 66 -year-old widow living in St. Charles, MO in 1844 become one of only six women memorialized in Oregon’s state Capital and be named by the 1987 Oregon legislature as the “Mother of Oregon?” Tabitha Moffat Brown was lame, and considered by her oldest son as too old to traverse the 1844 wagon train. He’d made the trek previously and knew of its hardships. But you can’t keep a good woman down! Tabitha hired her own wagon, talked her 78 year-old brother-in-law into going with her (a single woman had to have a man in addition to a driver traveling with her) and set out. What happened and how Tabitha dealt with the challenges of some poor decisions marks the life of a true pioneer.

Join bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick for a presentation about Tabitha, the five qualities of an iconic Oregon pioneer, and her award-winning book This Road We Traveled.

About the Speaker:

Jane Kirkpatrick is the NY Times bestselling author of 32 books, most of which are novels based on the lives of historical women. With nearly 2 million copies sold, her works have been named to Oregon’s 100: the best books published between 1800-2000, by the Oregon State Library. Her books have also been short-listed for the Oregon Book Award, the Spur and Christy, and won the Western Heritage and National Cowboy Museum’s Wrangler Award, the WILLA Literary Award, the Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award and the Carol Award.  This Road We Traveled, Tabitha Moffat Brown’s story, received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She speaks around the world about the power of stories in our lives. She and her husband Jerry sold their homestead in north central Oregon and now live near Bend with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel where her next novel, One More River to Cross, will be released in September.

***Photo credit: Oreg. Hist. Soc. Research Lib., OrHi 53563

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.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp