Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March's Meeting

Our March Program
The Second Trail of Tears – A Migrant Mother’s Story, by featured speaker, Kay Sprague Ham

* Born Florence Leona Christie, 1903 in a teepee on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma.
* Her famous portrait, “Migrant Mother” has become the Mona Lisa of the Great
Depression and Dust Bowl Migration
* The US Postal Service commissioned a stamp honoring “Migrant Mother," Florence Thompson.
* A trail of picking peas, picking cotton, following harvests, deprivation, humiliation and prejudice, yet one of strength and pride.
* At the end of the trail, a widow and mother of seven, her family resided in a Modesto migrant camp.
* One particular burial plot in Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson CA holds a
headstone that reads…..”FLORENCE LEONA THOMPSON Migrant Mother – A Legend of the Strength of American Motherhood”.

Kay Sprague Ham is the granddaughter-in-law of Florence Thompson. Her husband Roger Sprague was in the process of writing his grandmother's tale when he passed away from cancer in 2004. Kay, who has a migrant story of her own, completed Roger's effort to tell the true story of Florence (Christie) Thompson's life in their book, Second Trail of Tears.

Please join us March 19, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1600 Carver Rd., Modesto, CA to hear this remarkable story. Refreshments will be served after a short general meeting with the program to begin following break.

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