Helen M. Lewis

Join Lewis as she describes six women and their ultimate sacrifice of travel to the Oregon Territory.


Considerations of early missionary wives in Oregon Territory typically focus on converting tribal peoples while securing their own mission homes on the frontier.  However, the call to missionary work and the sacrifices to reach the Oregon Territory form a significant part of the stories of Mary Richardson Walker, Sarah White Smith, Myra Fairbanks Eells, and Mary Dix Gray, who followed the lead of Narcissa Prentiss Whitman and Eliza Hart Spalding . With photos and maps, Lewis describes the backgrounds of these first missionary women, their goals, and their ultimate sacrifices of travel as newly-weds to begin their missionary work in the Oregon Territory, 1836-1838.

Helen M. Lewis

Title: Instructor of English & Humanities - Western Iowa Tech Community College

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (712) 328-2937

City: Council Bluffs, IA

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