Whiskeytown National Recreation Area recently celebrated Women’s History Month with a three part lecture series featuring women’s history of the park and surrounding community.
The lecture series, entitled “Legacy, Legend, and Lore of Women’s History in Shasta County”, was a great success and generated so much interest within the local community that there was standing room only for each presentation. It was presented in partnership with the Redding Library and twelve different local history and cultural organizations,
The audience was inspired and intrigued by stories of remarkable local women who contributed greatly to their community and took the road less traveled. The diverse lecture topics included a Native American women who preserved local indigenous languages, women of the mining town Whiskeytown, pioneer women who became philanthropists, and an African American woman who bought her freedom and became one of the most powerful people in a bustling western mining town.
At the end of each evening, the audience participated in an animated discussion. This event produced much interest from a wide demographic of history enthusiasts and served as a catalyst for gathering volunteers for the cultural resources program at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.