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I’ll be reading Montana History again this evening, Tuesday, at the Marias Heritage Center here in Shelby. We’re almost half way through “Girl from the Gulches: The Story of Mary Ronan” as told to Margaret Ronna & edited by Ellen Baumler, the Interpretive Historian at the Montana Historical Society in Helena & the book gets better every week! A covered wagon on a dim road, the promise of a long journey, & the wonder of what lay ahead filled the shadowy spaces of Mary Ronan’s earliest memories. By the time she was a married woman in her 20′s, Mary Sheehan Ronan was a well-seasoned pioneer, having crossed most of the country & retraced her steps back across a third of it. Born Mary Catherine Fitzgibbon Sheehan, this story is unusual for its range of experience, its feminine perspective, & the distances it spans during an era that witnessed monumental changes in the western United States. I can’t wait to get back up to the Heritage Center tonight & read even more of this fascinating story of a remarkable pioneer woman. No wonder they named a town AND a lake after her!! See you tonight at 6 at the Marias Heritage Center for MORE Montana History!

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