Immortal Summer: A Victorian Woman's Travels in the Southwest: The 1897 Letters and Photographs of Amelia Hollenback

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Victorian women loosed upon the world is a subject that has fascinated armchair travelers and women's history buffs for decades. Immortal Summer is a seven-course meal to satisfy such appetites. Two sisters embark from Pennsylvania in search of soul-broadening experiences in the Indian Southwest, newly opened to intrepid travelers. Amelia Hollenback and her sister Josephine are no ordinary unfettered Victorians, however, for in addition to being courageous, well-educated, and serious students of life, they are also lucky. No less a guide than Charles Lummis, the inveterate traveler and great popularizer of the Southwest, advises them in their travels, and at Hopi they meet the day's most famous photographers and bring back rare images of this and other Indian lands that stand today as priceless pages from the travelogue of an America coming to terms with itself through its female adventurers. The Hollenback letters and photographs form the heart of this brilliantly reassembled grand tour from Ft. Leavenworth to the Grand Canyon, Hopiland, the pueblos of Zuni, Acoma, and Laguna, and assorted colorful spots along the way.

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Mary J. Straw Cook is a classical concert musician and historian living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a founder of the Friends of the Palace of the Governors.

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In the summer of 1897, two well-bred and -educated East Coast sisters, Amelia and Josephine Hollenback, embark on a three-month journey to the then-relatively unknown American Southwest. Traveling unaccompanied by train from New York to Chicago and points west, they carried letters of reference to family friends along the way and relied on advice from the most prominent American Indian scholar of the time, Charles Lummis. The sisters visited the Grand Canyon; Hopiland; the pueblos of Zuni, Acoma, and Lagnuna; as well as Flagstaff, AZ, and the Indian ruins in that area. After their travels, Amelia became so enamored of the West, that she built a home in Santa Fe and spent many years in northern New Mexico. Here, Cook provides the reader with ample annotations and notes to make the letters and black-and-white photographs come alive over 100 years later. Readers will be charmed by the enthusiasm, independence, and energy of these young women. This beautifully designed volume is recommended not only for general travel collections but also for those specializing in women's history and the history of the American Southwest.
Olga B. Wise, Hewlett Packard, Inc. Lib., Austin, TX
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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