Sunday at The Rock: Women's Lives on the Westward Trail
Join us at Chimney Rock for another installment in our 2019 Sunday Afternoons at The Rock series.
Between 1812 and 1866, an estimated 500,000 people traveled on the westward trails. Expectations of men and women grew muddled the further away parties got from jumping-off points.
For women, adhering to the same rules society created for them was no longer possible. While juggling new expectations and roles, they also dealt with the gamut of closely-guarded feminine issues. Struggles encountered on the trail contributed to the changing deﬁnition of a woman's capabilities and duties in the 19th century.
Learn from women's ﬁrst-hand accounts and discover the realities of their lives ranging from the ordinary to the taboo as Legacy of the Plains Museum Curator Olivia Garl presents "Bleeding, Birth, and Men's Work: Women’s Lives on the Westward Trails."