Women of Fort Laramie and the Story of Catherine Sager

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Date: July 13, 2015

This weekend's programs at Scotts Bluff National Monument explore the roles women have played at Fort Laramie and follow a young girl on the Oregon Trail.

Most visitors, when asked, refer to Hollywood impressions of women in the west. But there are many women who influenced and/or made in impact upon those around them and in history. Often, little is known about them. Narcissa Whitman, Mni Akui (Chief Spotted Tail's daughter), and laundress Julia Schneider are a few of the ladies mentioned by Park Ranger Yvette Bachmeier of Fort Laramie National Historic Site in "Notable Women of Fort Laramie". These women are connected to Fort Laramie, but they also represent many of the women lost in history. The program will be presented on Saturday, July 18 at 3:00 pm in the visitor center.

There are many stories about the emigrants on the trails headed west. Usually the accounts focus on adults, not the children. Join Park Ranger Lisa Blanco on Sunday, July 19 at 3:00 as she portrays Catherine Sager Pringle reminiscing in "Catherine Sager: Story of a Survivor". Catherine's story is one of adventure and ordeal as she traveled on the Oregon Trail with her parents and siblings in 1844 and later with the Whitmans at their mission in Walla Walla, Washington.

What flowers are blooming at the monument? Join a ranger each Saturday at 10:00 to find out which flowers are blooming and what they have been used for historically. Check at the visitor center for the location of each week's program.

The programs are free with a valid park entrance pass.

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Last updated: July 13, 2015

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