Calling all Western history lovers! Next Tuesday, January 27, there is a free talk at Fort Calgary about the history of ranching women.

Rachel Herbert is a fifth-generation Alberta rancher. She has an MA in history from the University of Calgary, and owns and operates a ranch outside of Nanton, called Trail’s End. That name may ring a bell for many of you, as Trail’s End has a long lineage. Herbert is the great-granddaughter of Fred and Edith Ings. Fred Ings ran cattle on the open range in the late 1800s. He was the second owner of the OH Ranch, which the Stampede Foundation now owns and operates in collaboration with the National Conservancy of Canada. After selling the OH Ranch to his brother James Walter in 1908, Fred and Edith operated Midway Ranch, Sunset Ranch, and Trail’s End near Nanton in the early 1900s.  Edith continued ranching after Fred’s death in the 1930s, and also ran a dude ranch at Trail’s End from the 1930s to 1950s. Rachel will be speaking about the unique challenges and opportunities facing ranching women in southern Alberta from 1880 to 1930, and “dismantle the notion of an entirely masculine ranching culture.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Herbert Poster2

Click here to see a list of other talks hosted by the Chinook Country Historical Society.