Laura Hovey Neubert

Laura Hovey Neubert
Topics: American Old West, History, South Dakota, Women
Communities: Rapid City
Program Types: One Book South Dakota, Speakers Bureau
West River History Conference, Inc.
Rapid City, SD | (605) 786-3344

Freely, Mason and other W-esoterica
Neubert follows the trail of secret societies in South Dakota and their influence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From the launch of Freemasonry here, to the influence of the Theosophical Society and one of its founders, Helen Blavatsky, she explores the paths opened for organization members and why these groups did so much to help early pioneers. Profiles of the founders and how they developed in early leadership roles are highlighted.

Peter Norbeck: From the Prairie to the Mountain
Neubert reflects on the profile of this important South Dakota politician who was behind so much in our state, e.g. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, and more. From the personal memoirs of Lydia Norbeck and other resources, learn the beginnings of SD Governor Peter Norbeck's immigrant family and his career path to Senator in Washington D.C.

Book Slingers of the West
Neubert showcases the lives of some who established community and culture in the Wild West through local libraries. From Deadwood-Lead and the Homestake Mine Hearst dynasty, to Jos. and Alice Gossage and the beginnings of the Rapid City Journal, it's a tour around the early 1900s Hills communities and their important "slingers" of the day.

Homestead Women and a Prairie Castle
Neubert describes the experiences of some hardy females homesteading 160 acres circa early 1900s. Adventurous, mostly singles, they braved blizzards, drought, locusts and more to "prove up" a claim for a prairie kingdom of their own. Women like the Ammons sisters of Land of the Burnt Thigh fame and their experiences are profiled.