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Helen J. Stewart: First Lady of Las Vegas

  • Mar 13, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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by Sally Zanjani and Carrie Townley Porter

Known as the mistress of the Mormon Trail, Helen J. Stewart not only paved the way for women in the west, but also was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the future of Las Vegas.Born in the Midwest in the mid-1800s, uprooted and transplanted as a young girl into the frenzied gold rush days in California, Helen J. Stewart experienced the rigors of pioneer life early. Married at nineteen, mother at twenty, widow at thirty with four children and pregnant with her fifth, she had no time to ponder her fate. Instead, she became a force to reckon with.Sally Zanjani and Carrie Townley Porter chronicle the extraordinary life of a woman dedicated to providing for her family and improving the lives of those around her, a woman ahead of her time who befriended Indians as well as congressmen, a woman who truly was the "First Lady of Las Vegas".

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  • Diane F.

    Tomorrow, I will be on a night hike at Red Rock, learning about night photography technique. I did read the book, and enjoyed the description of the woman and her experiences here in the desert. Looking forward to our next read!

    March 12, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Claire. I bought the book and will learn something new. Unfortunately my scheduled has changed and I won't be able to make it :(

    March 2, 2013

  • Robert V.

    HI, your group was recommended on the CBS best book club site-
    look forward to meeting you all.

    February 8, 2013

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