‘Adventurous Women of Idaho’ presentation set Oct. 29 at ISU Oboler Library
October 14, 2015
POCATELLO – The Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University will host a presentation Oct. 29, 4-6 p.m., based on the theme “Adventurous Women in Idaho.” The event will be held in recognition of American Archives Month in October, and in partnership with the Idaho State Archives.
Terry Ownby will present “Pioneer Lady Photographers in the Idaho Territory.” This presentation investigates the emergence of Idaho’s first two female photographers during the waning years of America’s Civil War.
The presentation looks at the social and cultural aspects these female photographers encountered as they practiced their trade in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. Not only does this investigation consider their families’ westward movement from the Midwest to the Oregon and Idaho Territories, it also considers female gender issues on the far western frontier.
Ownby teaches photo media and photo history at ISU. He earned his Ph.D. at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He is currently writing a history on Idaho’s first female photographer, Amelia Strang, along with other pioneer women photographers in the Pacific Northwest.
Parking at the Oboler Library is free after 4 p.m. For additional information, please contact Ellen. M. Ryan, head of special collections and archives, at 208-282-3608.