California’s Gold Rush Women Writers, 1848-1869

Thursday Apr 04 2019   7:00 PM
Museum of Sonoma County  425 7th St, Santa Rosa, CA  map

Join No Rooms of Their Own editor Ida Rae Egli for an examination of the lives, times, and literary history of fifteen amazing women who came early to California and recorded what they saw and experienced. These women came from very diverse backgrounds. Lucy Young was a native Northern Californian from the Lassik tribe who survived the annihilation of her  village. Jesse Benton Frémont was the daughter of a prominent senator, the wife of the controversial Colonel John C. Frémont, and an early homesteader in Mariposa County. Ina Coolbrith later became California’s first Poet Laureate, and was, perhaps, more than just a friend to Mark Twain. Sarah Royce came overland by wagon and confronted cholera and angry Indians. Together these fifteen women leave a literary trail of history and storytelling that is rough, amazing, enlightening, and entertaining.

Ida Rae EgliRaised in Potter Valley, Mendocino County, Ida Rae Egli is a Californian whose great-grandparents immigrated during the gold rush period. She graduated from Sonoma State University and later earned her master's degree in American literature from San Francisco State University. Now relocated to coastal California, she continues to teach creative writing.