Learning Forum: Scorned, Defamed & Disbelieved
January 19, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmLearning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a 45-minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.
Dr. Lilah Morton Pengra presents, "Scorned, Defamed & Disbelieved."
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Pengra will examine the life stories of three pioneers: Samuel Fields of Deadwood, Edward Tinney of Rapid City, and Sarah Campbell of Galena.
These figures are often mentioned in local accounts from an “outside” view, but this presentation flips the script. Pengra recounts their stories from their own perspectives. She says that because of differences in culture and communication, this group has not been accorded their rightful and respected place in Black Hills history.
Pengra is a writer, a local historian, and an anthropologist. She earned master’s degrees in African Studies and anthropology, a doctorate in cultural anthropology and a post-doctorate in medical anthropology.
The doctor volunteers her time to research with the Hermosa Arts & History Association. Her current work identifies cultural differences that lead to misinterpretation and conflict in the historical record, especially in regards to the American West in the nineteenth-century.
Her publications include “Your Values, My Values: Multicultural Services in Developmental Disabilities,” “Corporals, Cooks and Cowboys: African Americans in the Black Hills and Surrounding Areas,” “Sarah Campbell: The First White Woman in the Black Hills was African American,” and “Isaiah Dorman: Interpreting the Evidence.”
In addition, Pengra creates jewelry that combines beads from multiple cultures to symbolize the rich cultural mosaic of today’s world. As she says, “Together our differences create beauty.”
She makes her home on Lame Johnny Creek near Buffalo Gap.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.
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Theater map below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. Blue seats indicate space for foldout chairs, but those with ADA requirements take first priority.