The Healy Family Christmas Card in 1924. COURTESY CATHY HEALY 

Editor’s note: This story originally aired on January 24th, 2014. 

An Improbable Pioneer is a collection of letters by Edith Sampson Holden Healy. Edith was from a prominent Boston family, but moved to Wyoming in 1911 after she married a sheep rancher from the state. The letters describe daily life in Wyoming in the early 1900s. The book was edited by Edith’s granddaughter, Cathy Healy, who’s a writer and editor. It’s the first imprint of the Washakie Museum’s Legacy Collection, which is an initiative that hopes to encourage the preservation of family archives.

Cathy started out by telling Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov how the project started.


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