Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Women's Voices From American Frontiers

This conference will explore some of the many women's voices in Ok, I'll Do It Myself: Narratives of Intrepid Women in the American Wilderness, an exhibition highlighting selections from the Caroline F. Schimmel Collection of Women in the American Wilderness. The keynote speaker on Thursday evening will be Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Harvard). Speakers for Friday's conference include Suzanne Bordelon (San Diego State), Joan DeJean (Penn), Tina Gianquitto (Colorado School of Mines), Ellen Handy (CCNY, CUNY), Melissa Homestead (Nebraska), Elizabeth Hutchinson (Barnard), Renée Laegreid (Wyoming), William Wierzbowski (Penn), Lucy Fowler Williams (Penn), and David Wrobel (Oklahoma). A roundtable discussion with Caroline Schimmel, Cathleen Cahill (Penn State University), Katharine Hunter (Daniel Crouch Rare Books; Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla), and Regan Kladstrup (Penn) will conclude the conference.

Conference co-sponsors: We gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of Pennsylvania Department of English, Department of History, Department of the History of Art, and The Alice Paul Center.
Conference Location:
Class of 1978 Pavilion
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
6th Floor, Van-Pelt-Dietrich Library

4:00pm: Tour of Exhibition by Caroline Schimmel

5:30 pm: Exhibition and Conference Opening
Welcome: Constantia Constantinou (H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries)
Introduction: Regan Kladstrup (Penn Libraries)

Keynote speaker: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Harvard University)
"Into the Wilderness with Women: Some Personal Reflections"

6:30-8pm Opening Reception
9:00-9:30 am: Registration

9:30-10:30 am: Welcome and Session 1: Revising Frontiers

Welcome: Will Noel (Director, Kislak Center, Penn Libraries)
Chair: Lynne Farrington (Penn Libraries)
David M. Wrobel (University of Oklahoma), "The Global West that Women Made: Learning from Ida Pfeiffer, Isabella Bird, and Mary Kingsley"
Ellen Handy (City College of New York/CUNY), "Where Does the Frontier Begin? Doris Ulmann and Julia Peterkin's Roll, Jordan, Roll"

10:30-11:00 am: Coffee break

11:00 am-12:00 pm: Session 2: Cowgirls, not Cowboys

Chair: Nancy Bentley (University of Pennsylvania)
Melissa Homestead (University of Nebraska), "Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Playing Cowboy in the American Southwest"
Renée Laegreid (University of Wyoming), "Every Cowgirl needs a Horse--and a Gun and a Little Whiskey Helps, Too"

12:00-1:00 pm: Session 3: Native Women, Native Objects

Chair: Mitch Fraas (Penn Libraries)
William Wierzbowski (Penn Museum), "Earth Woman, the Kipp Connection"
Lucy Fowler Williams (Penn Museum), "Teri Rofkar: Weaving the Spirit of Alaska"

1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch (on your own)

2:00-2:30pm: Pop-up exhibition from the Caroline Schimmel Fiction Collection and discussion, Henry Charles Lea Library

2:30-3:30pm: Session 4: Corresponding Women

Chair: Kathy Peiss (University of Pennsylvania)
Suzanne Bordelon (San Diego State University), "Private Letters for Public Audiences: The Complexities of Ethos in Louise Clappe's The Shirley Letters from the California Mines, 1851-1852"
Tina Gianquitto (Colorado School of Mines), "'Off alone on my tramps': On the Trail of Women Botanists in the Frontier West"

3:30-4:00 pm: Coffee break

4:00-5:00 pm: Session 5: Frontiers New, and Under Review

Chair: John Pollack (Penn Libraries)
Joan DeJean (University of Pennsylvania), "Marie Baron: Transported Convict, Captive, Historian"
Elizabeth Hutchinson (Barnard), "Nora Naranjo-Morse's Numbe Whageh: a Counter-monument to the Pioneer Experience"

5:00-6:00pm: Conference Roundtable and Concluding Remarks

Moderator: Will Noel
Participants: Cathleen Cahill (Penn State University), Katharine Hunter (Daniel Crouch Rare Books; Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla), Regan Kladstrup, Caroline Schimmel