Trains, Travelers, & Trinkets: History of Tourism in Yellowstone
September 6 - 9
Elizabeth "Betsy" Watry, M.A.
Transcontinental railroad service to the American West in the late nineteenth-century made visiting Yellowstone feasible for travelers from around the globe. Tourism boomed as thousands of visitors alighted from the train and boarded brightly colored stage coaches (1883-1916) or touring cars (1917-1950s) and embarked on a grand tour of Yellowstone. Enjoy a glimpse into the evolution of tourism in America’s “Wonderland” in this field-intensive course that will explore many of Yellowstone’s bygone cultural landscapes as well as the park’s memorabilia collection at the Yellowstone Heritage and Resource Center.
About the instructor
Elizabeth “Betsy” Watry holds a Master’s Degree in History from Montana State University and is an independent scholar specializing in nineteenth and early-twentieth century cultural history of the American West. Her primary research interests are exploration, transportation, tourism, and women’s history. A published author with several books on Yellowstone National Park, her book Women in Wonderland: Lives, Legends, and Legacies of Yellowstone National Park won the 2013 WILLA Literary Award for Scholarly Non-fiction. In addition to being a historian and author, she has also served as a museum professional in Arizona, Montana, and Wyoming.
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