The Wandering Scots have been reading a couple of Western legends to get into the swing of our new topic Scots in the West. A focus on John Muir and Lady Isabella Bird’s letters of her rugged and exciting time in the late 19th century Rocky Mountains have already introduced us to some very memorable Scottish emigrants.
We are now delighted to announce that the Scots In The West Video Hangout panel is a Scottish literary and historical dream team on this topic. Here they are:
- Dr. Jenni Calder, author of the recently published book “Scots In America”, which she preceded with “Frontier Scots” and “Lost In the Backwoods: Scots and the North American Wilderness”
- Rob Gibson, MSP Sutherland, Ross-shire & Caithness and author of “Highland Cowboys” which traces the links between Scotland’s traditional drover culture and the larger than life American cattle barons
- Dr. Susan Oliver, John Muir scholar and ecological literary critic from the University of Wyoming
- Dr. Carolyn McCracken Flesher, Chair of the University of Wyoming English Department and a Walter Scott expert (remember the Twa Drovers?)
You never know who else might join these esteemed folks so odds are it’ll be a great Video Hangout presented from COSCA’s Scottish Caucus at Historic Rural Hill on April 17th. The stories of Scottish emigrants in the western United States are as varied, heroic, romantic and large as the western landscape itself – and believe us – it’s a big one! So put yer kye in the bye and get your little doggies along to be sure you won’t miss Wandering Scots Book Club’s presentation of Scots In The West!