News Provided by the Pinal County Historical Society Museum
Arizona has some of the most stunning scenery in the world: rugged mountains and canyons, swift rivers, and vast desert. Until recently, traveling over this terrain was quite an adventure.
In a free presentation, Dr. Heidi Osselaer will share what it was like to ride in a stage coach over rocky roads cradling an infant and holding a rifle to stave off attacks, or to travel by steamboat or ferry on the Colorado River before it was dammed.
Meet women like army wife Martha Summerhayes, school teacher and suffrage leader Josephine Brawley Hughes, the Harvey Girl waitress, Barry Goldwater’s personal pilot Ruth Reinhold, as well as other daring women who braved Arizona’s extreme elements.
Heidi Osselaer received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her master’s and doctorate in history at Arizona State University. In 2009 the University of Arizona Press published Winning Their Place: Arizona Women in Politics. Her paper, “Nellie Trent Bush: Arizona Politician,” garnered two awards at the 2008 Arizona History Convention. She has appeared on Channel Eight’s Horizon and currently teaches women’s history at Arizona State University. She also serves on the Scholars’ Committee of the Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail.
The museum is located at 715 S. Main Street in Florence. For more information, please call 520-868-4382.