Betsy Gaines Quammen with the Frank Church Society

An evening with Betsy Gaines Quammen presented by the Frank Church Society for True West on Aprik 10th from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Boise State University Special Events Center
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Frank Church Society Presents an evening with Betsy Gaines Quammen with her book True West: Myth Mending on the Far Side of America


This event will take place on Wednesday, April 10th from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Boise State University Special Events Center

Free parking: Lincoln Garage

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Betsy Gaines Quammen is a historian and writer. She received a PhD from Montana State University. Her dissertation focused on LDS history and the roots of armed public land conflicts in the United States. She is fascinated at how religious views shape relationships to landscape. 

She is also the author of: American Zion, Cliven Bundy, God & Public Lands in the West


About True West

From the Northern Rockies to the Southwest deserts, Betsy Gaines Quammen explores how myths shape our identities, heighten polarizations, and fracture our shared understanding of the world around us. As she investigates the origins and effects of myths of the American West, Gaines Quammen travels through small towns and big cities, engaging people and building relationships at every stop. 

Misperceptions about land, politics, liberty, and self-determination threaten the well-being of people and communities across the country, and Gaines Quammen interrogates it all as she seeks to reconcile the anger and misunderstandings that continue to be fueled by the West’s enduring myths and complex history. Whether sitting down with a local resident seeking to protect his rural Utah town from Antifa or talking with grassroots organizers working across ideological divides, Gaines Quammen brings to life connections and contradictions that shape our politics and our lives far beyond the West.


True West disentangles reality from centuries of myth and mystique.”

—HAMPTON SIDES, New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Thunder 

Event address: 
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America By Betsy Gaines Quammen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781948814911
Published: Torrey House Press - October 24th, 2023

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