My name is Tracey Hanshew and I am a PhD candidate at Oklahoma State University. I started this site as a requirement for a Digital History class, but it actually has been on my to-do list for quite some time now. The first phases of this blog project will focus on requirements for the class, and are mostly related to digital history.  But after December 2015, the blog will shift to topics more related to my dissertation and research which analyzes rodeo cowgirls at the turn of the 20th century. This research topic actually began with my master’s thesis at Syracuse University, where in searching for a connection between women ranchers in the American West and the suffrage movement in the urban East, I came across my current work.
My goals for this blog are to share my passion for rodeo and ranching life and to digitally publish my research as I delve into the world of rodeo cowgirls, and explore the history of rural women in the American West. Rodeo and rural life are part of my own heritage and I love living this life as well as learning about it.

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