Martin County Library System Press Releases

February 1, 2011

Dr. Wallace to Lead Illustrated Journey to Our Western Frontier Feb. 11



Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit




DATE:  FEBRUARY 1, 2011                                                                                           

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403                                                               



WHO:                    The Friends of the Palm City Library, Inc., in support of the Martin County Library System


WHAT:                 IRSC Professor Series:  Lifelong Learning

The Lure of the Western Frontier and Its Impact on the American Character

Presented by Susan L. Wallace, Ph.D.



Historians have long debated the effects that the idea of the frontier has had on the creation of an American character. From the landing of the first colonists as they pushed further into the trees,

to Jefferson’s scientific expeditions following the Louisiana Purchase, to the great wagon trains moving westward and Gold Rush fever, Americans have considered it their birthright to reinvent themselves beyond the moving frontier. Huge expanses of land, beautiful mountains, broad rivers, the great silence and the necessary self-reliance required to survive created the belief in limitless opportunities just beyond the next mountain range. Along the trail, Americans and immigrants alike discovered through their shared experiences a common dream. Through paintings and essays we can follow the westward journey that created the dream of America for our forefathers.


Dr. Susan L. Wallace, adjunct professor of history at Indian River State College and herself a native of the West, will talk about the frontier 2 p.m. Friday, February 11 at the Cummings Library in Palm City.


WHEN:                 Friday, February 11, 2:00 p.m.


WHERE:              Cummings Library, Donahue Room, 2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City


HOW:                    Free and open to the public. 


To learn more about the Martin County Library System or other Chautauqua South programs, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any branch library or visit the library website,  




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