Cowgirls in Cowtown

The brisk change in weather and chance of precipitation are right on cue. Those of us who grew up in anticipation of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo could tell when time for the first rodeo was near. As a kid, the excitement of getting to go to the rodeo, and travel to the … Continue reading Cowgirls in Cowtown

Cowgirl Christmases and the New Year’s Rodeo Season

The holiday season in today’s rodeo world kind of kicks off with the end of the season and the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas – but it wasn’t always so. This Christmas break led me to reflect on the lives of the rodeo cowgirls I research, who competed in rodeo at the turn of … Continue reading Cowgirl Christmases and the New Year’s Rodeo Season

Bad Girls and Bimbos in Boots

Bad girls in the Old West was not a term just limited to soiled doves or saloon girls. Bad girls in the West, both in reality and on the silver screen, have come to identify women who refused to conform to society’s assigned gender roles and etiquette expected of a lady in the Victorian West. … Continue reading Bad Girls and Bimbos in Boots

Singing Cowboys and Tone-deaf Cowgirls

Singing cowboys made their entrance onto the silver screen in the 1930s and remained popular through the early 1950s. Perhaps the two most well-known are Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. https://youtu.be/IQIagUuGn5Q Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette singing “Deep in the Heart of Texas” in Heart of the Rio Grande (1942) The singing cowboy actually began … Continue reading Singing Cowboys and Tone-deaf Cowgirls

Finding Waldo and other Camouflaged Items

When I first began researching rodeo cowgirls for my dissertation, one archivist told me to quit. She said I was looking for a needle in a haystack and I would not find sources adequate for a dissertation on women. Not to be deterred by one grump, I continued looking. It hasn’t been easy, and not … Continue reading Finding Waldo and other Camouflaged Items

Leading Ladies Necessary for Oaters’ Success

Magers, Boyd and Michael G. Fitzgerald, Westerns Women: Interviews with 50 Leading Ladies of Movie and Television Westerns from the 1930s to the 1960s.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1999. Many people fondly recall having seen their favorite Western as a kid, perhaps at a local theater for the matinee. In addition, when asking … Continue reading Leading Ladies Necessary for Oaters’ Success

Rodeo’s Deeply Rooted Patriotism

Some of the best rodeos of the season are on the July schedule. True, it is hotter than blazes in some areas where rodeos show during the summer, but it doesn’t seem to deter the crowds, perhaps because of the ice cream, snow cones, and frozen lemonades now available at the concession stands, but more … Continue reading Rodeo’s Deeply Rooted Patriotism

A Tale of Two Conferences, and Mythbusting

Recently I traveled to present my research and I decided to make use of the travel delays to reflect on the questions discussed in the digital history class I'm taking, specifically those that pertain to how digital history fits into the profession today.  The uncertainty of how digital history is changing academic practices extends beyond the classroom … Continue reading A Tale of Two Conferences, and Mythbusting

How an NEH Sponsored Digital Project Changed the Way America Mourns and Memorializes Tragedy

Last week a colleague asked me about the Digital History class I am taking; he said, "Isn't digital history really just data management?" At first his comment made sense; an important part of digital history is selection and presentation of resources.  But the "history" criterion requires some element of interpretation.  This led me to search … Continue reading How an NEH Sponsored Digital Project Changed the Way America Mourns and Memorializes Tragedy

Link to Rural Women’s Studies and Writing in the Digital Age

It must be a blue moon - rarely does perfect timing occur in my busy life, but today was one of those rare occasions.  Grappling with how my work will fit into Digital History and given my own concerns about publishing in non-traditional formats, while reading Writing History in the Digital Age by Jack Dougherty & … Continue reading Link to Rural Women’s Studies and Writing in the Digital Age