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Chautauqua of Nevada pioneer Mary Oxborrow at Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

By ThisIsReno

DANGBERG HOME RANCH NEWS RELEASE

image001MINDEN– The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park will present a Chautauqua, “Mary Oxborrow: Pioneer Midwife and Healer,” portrayed by Anita Watson, on Saturday, July 27, at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Mary Oxborrow immigrated to Utah from England and later became a Mormon colonist in Lund, Nev. She not only made the western trek walking behind an ox cart but also became a polygamous wife and the mother of 11 children, and practiced as a midwife and healer. Her life provides insight into the role of women in Mormon society, medical practices in Nevada, social life on the frontier and many other aspects of culture in the Great Basin in the nineteenth century.

The presentation is a Humanities on the Road event sponsored by Nevada Humanities, Nevada’s nonprofit council affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Anita Watson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno, and has written various topics on Nevada’s history. She has been presenting Chautauqua performances for more than ten years, including past appearances at the park portraying Mary McNair Matthews and Emma Nevada.

Seating and shade are provided for this event, and visitors are welcome to bring their own comfortable lawn chair. The park is located at 1450 Hwy 88, ¾ mile south of the Carson Valley Swim Center. Additional information is available at www.dangberghomeranch.org or at 775-783-9417.

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park preserves the home of Heinrich F. Dangberg and his descendants. The Dangbergs were a prominent ranching family in Carson Valley history and founded Minden in 1905. The site includes eight historic structures built between 1857 and 1917, along with a collection of 39,000 artifacts, documents and photographs acquired and used by the Dangberg family. Programs include tours, wedding rentals and events. The park is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in cooperation with Douglas County.

Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc.
P.O. Box 1158
Minden, NV 89423
775-783-9417
www.dangberghomeranch.org