The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park will present a Chautauqua, “Mary Oxborrow: Pioneer Midwife and Healer,” portrayed by Anita Watson, on 10 a.m. Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.
Mary Oxborrow immigrated to Utah from England and later became a Mormon colonist in Lund.
She not only made the western trek walking behind an ox cart, but also became a polygamous wife and the mother of 11 children, and practiced as a midwife and healer. Her life provides insight into the role of women in Mormon society, medical practices in Nevada, social life on the frontier, and many other aspects of culture in the Great Basin in the nineteenth century.
The presentation is a Humanities on the Road event sponsored by Nevada Humanities, Nevada’s nonprofit council affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Watson holds a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno, and has written various topics on Nevada’s history. She has been presenting Chautauqua performances for more than 10 years, including past appearances at the park portraying Mary McNair Matthews and Emma Nevada.
Seating and shade are provided for this event, and visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs. The park is located at 1450 Hwy 88, ¾ mile south of the Carson Valley Swim Center. Additional information is available at www.dangberghomeranch.org, or at 783-9417.
The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park preserves the home of H.F. Dangberg and his descendants, a prominent Carson Valley ranching family that founded Minden in 1905. Programs include tours, wedding rentals and events. The park is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., in cooperation with Douglas County.