Happily Ever Aftering on a Montana Cattle Ranch
Date Friday June 29, 2012
Time8:00 PM  - 9:00 PM
Location Beavertail Hill State Park
Contact Chris Neu; Vernon Carroll
Chris Neu - (406) 240-0155; Vernon Carroll - (406) 273-4253
DescriptionWhen Caroline Lockhart moved to her homestead in Dryhead, Montana, in 1926, she was trying to enact in real life the sort of "happily ever after" experience she had described in her Western fiction. Though little-known today, Lockhart (1871-1962) in the 1910s wrote six novels, three of which were made into movies, and all of which culminated in the hero retiring to a cattle ranch. Lockhart based her novels on her real-life experiences┬┐and vice-versa. So can a single, liberated woman with a tendency to romanticize succeed at running a 1920s ranch?

John Clayton, journalist, essayist and author from Red Lodge, will lead this program.

The park is 26 miles East of Missoula, off I-90 (exit 130)--follow signs to the park.