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March 24, 2016

Contact: Robbin Davis
Pioneer Woman Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-765-6108

Pioneer Woman Museum to Host Oklahoma Author

PONCA CITY, Okla. — Native Oklahoman and author Catherine Hendrick Armstrong will discuss and share her inspiration and writing process for her new book, “The Edge of Nowhere.” The free presentation, scheduled for Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m., is open to the public. Inspired by stories passed down from her own family, Armstrong details the hardships endured by those who survived the worst devastation to ever touch American soil, the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl. Set in rural El Reno, Okla., “The Edge of Nowhere” tells the fictional story of a young mother left homeless and destitute with nine children after the sudden death of her husband. To survive, she must make (arguably) reprehensible choices which haunt her for 50 years, leaving her the misunderstood matriarch of a sprawling family.

A native of El Reno, Okla., Armstrong is a 1992 graduate of the University of Oklahoma and has a lifelong passion for the stories of the Dust Bowl. She currently resides in Minnesota, and is anticipating an early April 2016 visit to the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas.

For more information or questions, please contact the Pioneer Woman Museum at 580-765-6108 or piown@okhistory.org. The Pioneer Woman Museum, a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 701 Monument Rd. in Ponca City. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.

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