“Live and Learn” about Cowgirls at San Juan Library

Meet Author Heidi Thomas

Friday, November 16th at 7:00pm


Meet Author Heidi M. Thomas and learn about her books Cowgirl Dreams and Follow the Dream, both of which are based on the true stories of her grandmother’s life as a girl in Montana in the 1920s.  Nettie, Heidi’s grandmother aspired to be a rodeo cowgirl but faced many challenges while pursing her dream.

I had the pleasure of giving a presentation at the San Juan Library in Friday Harbor, WA last night. This was part of their “Live and Learn” program series, and I gave a PowerPoint presentation on old-time cowgirls, their rodeo riding triumphs and the evolution of their clothing, from long divided skirts to pants. I had a wonderful time, with a great crowd, made up of some cowgirls: a former Rodeo Queen, a member of the local riding club, and a 70s-year-young woman who had participated in a cattle drive just last year!

I forgot to have someone take a picture of me, but this is one of me at a recent event, wearing the same cowgirl shirt I wore last night!

I also enjoyed the ferry ride from Anacortes to Friday Harbor, even though I was sweating getting there in time, with a very hectic schedule yesterday! It turned out to be a relaxing evening and lots of fun talking with members of my audience.

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