Pioneering Women of Glacier National Park examines the role of early pioneering women in the pre-park period up through the first three decades of Glacier Park (1910–1940).
The concept of “pioneering women” includes a wide range of activities that were atypical for women during this time period. These activities range from Blackfeet and other Native American women carrying out extraordinary feats, to women homesteaders, wives of early Park rangers, writers visiting and writing about the park, artists engaged in outdoor painting, influential artists’ wives who furthered their husbands’ careers, and pioneering outdoorswomen.
All helped advance the cause of putting female faces and names, largely ignored and anonymous up to this point, into the history of the park.
The book also has several modern photographs taken by the author and others, illustrating landscape changes in Glacier Park since the early period of the park.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
David R. Butler retired in 2019 as the Texas State University System Regents’ professor of geography, and a university distinguished professor, at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He was a geography professor for thirty-seven years, the last twenty-two of those at Texas State University. He was a red bus “Gearjammer” in Glacier Park during his college days in the summers of 1973 and 1974 and has conducted research there since 1975. He has written two books on Glacier National Park, including Fire Lookouts of Glacier National Park in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series.
Publisher: America Through Time
Imprint: America Through Time
Series: America Through Time
Publication Date: 27th March 2023
HISTORY / Native American
HISTORY / Women
TRAVEL / Parks & Campgrounds