From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, Roger Shipman will give a special presentation about the book “Into the Eye of the Setting Sun: The Story of the West When It Was New.” This memoir, edited by Shipman, was written by his great-great-great grandmother, Charlotte Matheny Kirkwood, who crossed the Oregon Trail in 1843 when she was just five years old.
Kirkwood’s wagon train left Elm Grove, Missouri, with more than 100 wagons, 1,000 men, women, and children, and 5,000 oxen and cattle trailing behind. Dr. Elijah White, a Presbyterian missionary who had made the trip the year before, served as guide. More than eighty years later, with a keen mind, a sharp wit, and a delicate sense of humor, Charlotte set down these poignant memories so that later generations could experience them, too.
This event is free and all are welcome to hear Shipman share his ancestor’s experience, and the story of their family in the “New West” after crossing the nation in the first wagon train of the Great Migration of 1843. The presentation will take place at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver.