Frontier history program presented at Oberlin

Friday, September 14, 2012

OBERLIN, Kansas -- Oberlin Arts and Humanities Commission will present Marla Matkin on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at 7:30 pm at the Oberlin Gateway center.

Ms. Matkin is a lifelong Kansan whose great-grandparents homesteaded in SW Kansas in the 1870's.

She will present "Cattle Towns and Soiled Doves," a story of early Kansas history, cattle drives and the excitement of life lived on the edge of the frontier.

Growing up near Dodge City, her love of history developed at an early age.

She was particularly interested in American History and the West. She became a living scholar after graduating with a degree in education from Fort Hays University.

She loves to educate, inform and entertain her audiences and make history come alive. She has been giving presentations more than 14 years in such places as the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the Buffalo Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, as well as a number of National Park sites throughout the country.

Matkin supplies humor, sensitivity and skill as she navigates the nuances of the subjects she portrays.

She will bring the frenzied excitement of the life lived on the edge of a frontier known as the "Wild West." As she dresses the part of the Contessa, she will bring to life the music and time in an early cattle town.

This is a season ticket event or $12/adults, $7/students grades 1-12.

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