Readings from "The Diary of Mary Richardson Walker." The diary was read by Donna Dooley, and narrated and produced by Brett Vuolo. Technical production by Peter Zanger. The music was provided by the Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, recorded by David Lerner. Part one covers the courtship and marriage of Mary and Elkanah Walker and their difficult journey overland from Maine to old Oregon, which at that time included everything north of the present California-Oregon border and everything west of the Continental Divide. Part two covers the first two years of Mary and Elkanah's life in the Tshimakain Valley. Part three begins in June 1840, after Mary had just given birth to her second child. Excerpted from volume two of a three-volume series called "The first white women over the Rockies" published by the Arthur H. Clarke company, Glendale, California, 1963.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.