Good food, a great program, and door prizes highlight the spring Buffalo Gals Luncheon at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West April 9, 11:45 a.m. Edith Catherine (Cathy) Healy offers a lively visual presentation based on her grandmother’s letters, and challenges attendees to use the latest technology to collect and publish their own family histories before the stories are forgotten.
Her own grandmother, Edith Sampson Holden, a Mayflower descendant who grew up in Boston and was a virtuoso violinist, left Beacon Street for Wyoming to become the wife of sheep rancher Alec Healy, himself an MIT graduate. Because of this background, Healy calls her grandmother an “Improbable Pioneer,” and has edited a book of her letters to share her story.
“My grandmother,” says Healy, “wrote wonderfully observant letters to her mother and friends about the land, ranching, picnics, dancing, adopting older children, traveling to exotic locations—even about the art of dying.” Edith’s experiences included a long-distance love story, the early death of her sister, a gift for reporting, and much more. “The mix makes for great storytelling,” notes Healy.
Buffalo Gals Luncheons are open to all, with Buffalo Bill Center of the West members enjoying a discounted rate of $20 per person; non-members are $30 per person.
Following the presentation, Healy signs copies of the book, An Improbable Pioneer: The Letters of Edith S. Holden Healy, 1911 – 1950, available for purchase at the Center Store. The book was published as part of the new Legacy Collection of the Washakie Museum in Worland.
Cathy Healy is from Worland, Wyoming, and is the vice president of the historic LU Ranch, located partially in Park County. She now lives in Washington, D.C. and was co-founder and editor of National Geographic’s award-winning intranet. Healy has authored other books in addition to An Improbable Pioneer; her two previous books have been reprinted in six languages. She lectures on intranets, digital storytelling, and inclusive education in the United States and throughout the world. Healy is a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow from Stanford University.
Buffalo Gals Luncheons take place at the Center of the West in the spring and fall. For more information on all upcoming events and programs at the Center, explore the online calendar.
Since 1917, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West, keeping western experiences alive. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms, and the nature and science of Yellowstone—into the rich panorama that is the American West. The Center of the West has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious 2012 National Tour Association’s Award for “favorite museum for groups,” the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and, most recently, one of the “Top 10 Must See Western Museums” by True West magazine.