Two Part Series: Oregon Trail Tales - Part One: A Journey Back in Time on the Old Oregon Trail

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Program Type:

Nature, Seminar

Age Group:

Adults, Family, Everyone
Registration for this event will close on June 22, 2024 @ 2:00pm.
There are 42 seats remaining.

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1864 saw the highest numbers of emigrants cross the Great Plains to escape the immense pressures of war, to seize the opportunity to find gold, or to start afresh. One family’s adventure has been preserved in a diary, now considered an American literary treasure. Come hear how the Rousseau family endured the journey with poison water holes, quicksand, robberies, the searing Mojave, and starvation on the snow-capped San Bernardino Mountains. Presented by Janelle Molony, local author and descendant of the Rousseau family. Q&A and book signing to follow.

Janelle Molony is a verifiable descendant of one of the surviving families. She is Chair of the Wyoming Historical Society’s Oral History Committee, host of the program “Women of Wyoming: Then & Now,” Trail history consultant for the Western Assoc. of Women Historians, and member of the Oregon-California Trail Association and Western Writers of American.

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Registration requested but not required.  Register at or call the Library at 480-488-2286.

Cost:  Free





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