Humanities Project: Women on the Oregon Trail Is Topic for Feb. 11th's Performance

Joy Zimmerman pictured playing a guitar outdoors with what appears to be a bar or restaurant in the background

Joy Zimmerman

The Oregon Trail will be the topic for the Feb. 11th humanities series program at Coffeyville Community College. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Spencer/Rounds Performing Arts Theatre. The performance is free and open to the public.

Joy Zimmerman is a touring musician and multi-instrumentalist based in Kansas City. Joy is known for soulful vocals and award-winning songs. She recently released To the Girl, her sixth album of original music. With folk rock as a springboard, Joy dives into the everyday and the extraordinary. 

Joy's program at Coffeyville Community College will enlighten the audience about women on the Oregon Trail. The following questions will be investigated:

How did women experience the 2,400 mile trek across the country in the 1800s? Most women were reluctant yet essential during this mass migration. How did they handle the staggering challenges? What can we learn from them?

This program will include original music (guitar and vocals), fiddle tunes, stories, and personal accounts from women's diaries.