Realities of the Old West with Darryl Smith

Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

In our summer gathering we discussed Marshall McLuhan’s theory that “…the medium is the message.” We examined letters, essays, editorials, speeches, and fiction to decide which medium provides the deepest truths. This October we will narrow our focus a bit as we examine the reality of the Old West through diaries and journals. We will center our attention on women, children, settlers, and cowboys.

When we complete our journey, we will be better able to answer some important questions: How lawless was the Old West? How were children raised? Were those cowboys actually rootin’ and tootin’? Were there range wars between ranchers and settlers? How were babies delivered during a wagon train crossing of the Oregon Trail? What was it really like to drive 4,000 head of cattle for 3,000 miles across rivers, deserts, mountains, and valleys? Join us as we journey into the reality of the Wild West through the diaries and journals of the men, women, and children who lived and died there one hundred and forty years ago.

Please call the Reference Desk at 215-723-9109 x 3 to register.