Gender, Landscape, and the West: Sarah Keyes on Regendering Western Dead
12 p.m.–1 p.m.
Sarah Keyes and ICW Social Media Manager Jessica Kim discuss researching and writing about gender and landscape on the Overland Trail.
Keyes contemplates the role of cholera, death, and burial practices along the Overland Trail in reworking the landscapes of the American West. The discussion will include the crisis of care during the cholera epidemics of 1849 to 1854 and will delve into Keyes' forthcoming book, American Burial Ground: A New History of the Overland Trail.
Dr. Sarah Keyes is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Reno. She specializes in the 19th century U.S. and the history of the U.S. West with a focus on the environment, gender, and intercultural interactions between Indigenous peoples and Euro-Americans. Her current work explores these topics along the overland trails to Oregon and California in the mid-19th century.
Image credit: "Death Scene on the Plains," "For the Christmas and New Years Holiday, 1855-56," Pictorial Union, Center for Sacramento History, Sacramento, California.
The program is presented by the Huntington–USC Institute on California and the West.