“Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women & Their Adventure in the American Southwest”

CANCELED, TO BE RESCHEDULED – Jefferson County Historical Society will proudly host Lesley Poling-Kempes, award winning author of fiction and nonfiction books about the American Southwest, who will present a program about her recently released book Ladies of the Canyons:  A League of Extraordinary Women & Their Adventures in the American Southwest on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:30 at the Timbervale Barn; which is located up the street, near the Hiwan Homestead Museum.

Lesley Poling-KempesThis is the true story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed into the rugged outback of the largely unsettled Southwest in search of themselves and their world.  Local historians should note that research for this book has uncovered that the Douglas family, the original owners of what is now the Hiwan Homestead Museum, enjoyed friendships with these strong and talented women sharing their interest in American Indian art, music, and cultural heritage.

“Ladies of the Canyons” has been nominated for the Reading the West Nonfiction Award by Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association.

Other books of the American Southwest by Lesley Poling Kempes include “Bone Horses”, winner of the 2014 WILLA Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction and the Tony Hillerman Award; “The Harvey Girls:  Women Who Opened the West”, winner of the Zia Award and recently optioned for a television series; “Valley of Shining Stone:  The Story of Abiquiu”, and “Ghost Ranch”.  Her first novel “Canyon of Remembering” was a “Western Writers of America Spur Award finalist.

Plan on joining us for this enlightening and entertaining event.  Admission is a suggested donation of $10.  Following the presentation we invite you to tour Hiwan Homestead Museum, a 25-room rustic log mansion at Timbervale Drive and Meadow Drive in Evergreen.