Archive for April, 2012

April Announcement for the Utah Westerners




In 1877 Nez Perce Chief Joseph, with more than a thousand men, women, and children, outraced a military force commanded by General Oliver O. Howard, in a desperate bid to remain free. The story of the Nez Perce people prior to those momentous events is one of adaptation and cooperation with encroaching settlers; and although Chief Joseph made his defining statement “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever” at the Bears Paw Battlefield when he surrendered in October 1877, that was not the end of his fight for justice.

In her talk this month to the Utah Westerners, Candy Moulton will outline the full story of the Nez Perce band that followed Joseph. The journey begins in theWallowaValleyof northeasternOregon, crossesIdaho,Yellowstone National Park,Montana, and extends to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) before Joseph and his people ultimately return to theColumbiaBasin.

Candy Moulton is the author of fifteen books and many articles on Western history including Everyday Life Among American Indians from 1800 to 1900, Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the Wild West from 1840 to 1900, Roadside History of Wyoming, and Valentine T. McGillycuddy: Army Surgeon, Agent to the Sioux. Her biography, Chief Joseph: Guardian of the People, won the Spur Award from Western Writers of America.  She has also written, produced, and been a re-enactor in several documentary films. She received a Spur and other awards for the documentary film, “In Pursuit of a Dream,” which she wrote and produced with Boston Productions, Inc., for the Oregon-California Trails Association. Moulton is also the Executive Director of Western Writers of America.

 We are very fortunate to have Candy Moulton as our special guest speaker who is traveling a long distance from her home in Encampment, Wyoming, to be with us.


April 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

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