Laura Hovey Neubert

Topics: American Old West, Communication, Education, History, Native American, South Dakota, Women

Community: Rapid City

Program Types: One Book South Dakota, Pre-recorded Program Video, Speakers Bureau, Virtual Program(s)
West River History Conference, Inc. | (605) 786-3344

Homestead Women: Here’s My Chance
Experiences of 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. Q: Who are the homestead women of today?

Bookslingers of the West
The lives of some who established community and culture in the Wild West through local libraries is featured. From Deadwood-Lead and the Homestake Mine Hearst dynasty, to Jos. and Alice Gossage and the beginnings of the Rapid City Journal, it is a tour around the early 1900s Hills communities and the important “slingers” of the day. Q: What impact does the local library have on your community today?

Peter Norbeck: From the Prairie to the Mountain
Reflections on the profile of this important South Dakota politician who was behind so much important development 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 Washington D.C. Q: Would Norbeck’s “American Dream” life still be possible today?

Lingerings and Scents: Poetry of Nuance
Readings from Neubert’s new chapbook release.

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