News!

As you may or may not have noticed, last year I was a bit behind on my blog writing. I know, Bad Sarah! But one of my goals this year is to do better. And this brings us to the news. I currently run another blog called “Adventures of an Idaho Foodie” which I also was behind on. In order to make it more convenient, and therefore easier, for me to try to blog more I am going to be combining the two blogs. So what does that mean? Well, it means that while the main flavor of the blog will lean towards food, you may find the occasional new post on women and Idaho history. I might even try to combine the two or talk about women and/in food history in general. Hopefully, you enjoy them and they enrich your knowledge of our great state.

The new blog site is: http://www.idahofoodie.wordpress.com

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Women Helping Women: A Centennial History of the Boise YWCA/WCA

UPDATE:  The book has been published and is now available for purchase at the Women’s and Children’s Alliance’s Washington Street office and Rediscovered Books on 8the street.

 

You can find the book (navy blue) in the "Idaho" section at Rediscovered Books.

 

For my graduate project I was lucky enough to write the 100 year history of a wonderful local non-profit in Boise. The Women’s and Children’s Alliance, formerly the Young Women’s Christian Association, works to prevent and educate the public about domestic and sexual abuse.  The YWCA began as a safe refuge for women coming to the city for employment and throughout its history it has provided a wide variety of services to the community, including helping run tuition-free kindergartens, the Rape Crisis Alliance, and entertainment for local teens and local airmen.

To find out more about the book:

Read the Statesman article on the book:  http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/04/03/1590742/book-and-events-will-celebrate.html

Check out the BSU update on the book: http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2011/07/20/history-grad-student-writes-wca%e2%80%99s-centennial-history/

Or read the WCA’s article on the book: http://www.wcaboise.org/news-and-events/wca-current-newsletter.aspx

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The “Horse Queen”: Kitty Wilkins

Katherine Caroline, aka “Kitty,” Wilkins was born in Nevada and moved to Bruneau County, Idaho with her family is the 1880’s.  She joined the family’s cattle and horse ranching business at the age of twenty-one in 1879.  Her father began taking Kitty to horse shows and she found that she had a knack for the business and decided to begin her own horse ranching business.  She is said to have chosen horses because they were more profitable and less difficult to work with.  She began her business with just one horse, which she stated she bought with $40 she received as a gift, and a contract with the U.S. Army.  Her business boomed and was soon selling almost 600 horses per year.  Some years were even more exceptional, such as 1895 when Kitty sold over 3,000 horses.   

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Founding Mother: Eliza Hart Spalding and the Spalding Mission

One forgotten woman in the history of Idaho is Eliza Hart Spalding, or Mrs. Henry Spalding as she is typically written about, whose life is shaped by the missionary work she and her husband did in the Northwest Territory in the mid-1800’s.  Leonard J. Arrington wrote in his book, History of Idaho, that “what Plymouth Rock was to New England, the Spalding Mission was to Idaho.” Without the help and work of Eliza Spalding it would not have been the foundation for the creation of Idaho that it was.  She changed the history of the West by blazing the trail for women to migrate by land over the Rocky Mountains and helping form the first white settlement in Idaho. Continue reading

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