July 19-28, 2024


Eras of Western Women 1930-1960

With the rise in popularity of Western films in the late 1920s and early 1930s, our nation was enamored by the romance and intrigue of the American West.

It was no longer enough to simply watch the action on a screen; people wanted to have an authentic, boots-on-the-ground Western experience for themselves.

And where better than Cheyenne Frontier Days?

Between 1930 and 1960, both Cheyenne and Frontier Park played host to a wide array of women breaking barriers left and right—and it’s their stories we celebrate today.

Episode #3:
Eras of Western Women 1930-1960

In our third of four special podcast episodes honoring the Year of the Cowgirl, Diane Shober (Executive Director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism) and Mike Kassel (Associate Director and Curator of Collections at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum) share stories about:

  • Sally Rand, an extremely compelling character in Cheyenne Frontier Days history—and inspiration behind the outfits you’ll see Miss Frontier and her Lady-in-Waiting wearing today
  • Ellen Church, who trained the world’s first airline stewardesses (and pioneered the spirit of hospitality on passenger aircraft) right here in Cheyenne
  • Amelia Earhart’s connection to Wyoming, particularly the Cheyenne airport grounds
  • Jean Nimmo DuBois, the first Miss Frontier

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