to be featured at Lecture
This Thursday, October 16, historian Philip A. Homan will present, "Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho and the Wilkins Horse Company." The event is part of the 15th Annual Fall Lecture Series presented by the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude.
A native of the Lewiston area, Kittie Wilkins was the boss of the Wilkins Horse Company, owning 10,000 range-bred horses, all branded with her famous Diamond brand. She was the only woman at the turn of the 20th century whose sole occupation was a horse dealer. Newspapers splashed "The Only One of Her Kind" and spread the word about the Idaho girl who was making a fortune selling horses. She rode the range sidesaddle with Victorian charm and had the education, prejudices, style and tastes of a late 19th century wealthy, urban woman of the East but preferred life on a ranch in Idaho.
Philip Homan is a an associate professor at the Idaho State University's Eli M. Oboler Library in Pocatello. He is a frequent presenter at library conferences, and a contributor to Idaho Magazine. He received an IHC Research Fellowship and is writing the first biography of Kittie Wilkins.
This presentation is free and takes place at 7:00 p.m. in the Johanna Room at Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude located at 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, Idaho. The Historical Lecture Series is made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council, Vic & Shirley Gehring , and White Rock Consulting. For more information call 208-962-2050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.