Photographer on the Western Prairie
"This book is a great addition to the study of the West and Montana, providing insite into the lives of the hard-working women that many from tthe regions still 'remember their mothers and grandmothers as having been (p. 127). The the biography was intended for young readers, Milne has written a wonderful story that will engage readers of all ages."–Kylie Lande, Pacific Northwest Quarterly
In 1889, a young spunky British woman of genteel upbringing set sail for the United States—against her family's wishes. She traveled with a friend, Ewen Cameron, the man who later became her husband. They were bound for eastern Montana to hunt big game along the Yellowstone River, only thirteen years after the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The next fall the Camerons returned to England, packed up, and moved to Montana, where they lived for the rest of their lives. They first rented a ranch on the Powder River, among other British expatriates, to raise polo ponies for export to England. After years of limited success in the pony trade, they bought a small herd of cattle, settling into a more dependable existence of ranching and market gardens.
In her first biography, author Lorna Milne uses diaries and letters to reconstruct how Evelyn lived in the harsh eastern Montana landscape and how she became an extraordinary photographer. Evelyn may have been born in England, but through heart and temperament, she was a Westerner. She was resourceful, hard working, observant, artistic, adaptable. According to her contemporary, a traveling Englishwoman, Evelyn was described as “one of the great wonders of Montana.”
176 pages, 6 x 9, paperback
Item 518, ISBN 978-0-87842-675-1
For Young Adults