© 2023 | Jefferson Public Radio
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
541.552.6301 | 800.782.6191
a service of Southern Oregon University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Exchange Exemplar: Women Of The West, Through A Whitman Lens

A drawing of Narcissa Whitman
National Park Service
A drawing of Narcissa Whitman

The story of Narcissa Whitman held endless fascination for Debra Gwartney. Whitman, the first white woman known to cross the Continental Divide, set up a mission near present-day Walla Walla in the 1830s, and died at the hands of the Cayuse people.

Debra Gwartney reports feeling like an alien as a child in Idaho, and she draws the two stories together in her bookI Am a Stranger Here Myself.

We hear how the details of Whitman's life and mistakes helped the author better understand her own choices, in this interview from 2019.

Stay Connected
The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.