“Pioneer Hearts” may be a Facebook Group whose members are scattered throughout the United States–and worldwide–but we often meet in local gatherings. This post introduces the Utah contingent (with a Texan thrown in for good measure), with pictures taken at yesterday’s get-together, links to each author’s webpages and online presence, and more!
July 24th is Pioneer Day in the state of Utah, commemorating the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley (the first permanent Euro-American settlers) in 1847. This state-wide celebration includes everything from parades to rodeos, fireworks to pageants, Pioneer/Frontier clothing to Native American Inter-Tribal Pow-Wows, to covered wagon reenactments and picnics. Pioneer Day is inherent to Utah’s Victorian-Era, Old West history.
Victorian-era American schools, even in the Old West, were so much more than one-room schoolhouses. High schools were prevalent and seen as preparatory for University. Though western one-room school teachers are often portrayed as predominately male, female teachers were preferred–and the reasons might surprise you.
Pioneer Hearts Facebook Group is a delightful connection for READERS and AUTHORS of Historical Western Historical Romance. We talk about books we’re reading (in the genre), new releases, ideas about the American West, and so much more. It’s the best parts of a book club, calling a friend, meeting a favored author, subscribing to a service for the best news about new books, all rolled into a tidy FB group I can visit whenever the mood strikes.