Marla Matkin comes by her love of history honestly having been born in Dodge City, Kansas and raised nearby. She is on a continuing search to expand her knowledge and understanding of the legend and lore surrounding the region and its people. This deep connection to the area can be traced back to her great-grandparents who homesteaded in Southwest Kansas in 1877. Add to this her love of drama and she makes a compelling case for the ladies she portrays and the history she imparts as teacher, historian, living historian and now children’s author. A graduate of Fort Hays State University with a degree in education she has informed, inspired as well as entertained her audiences for twenty-five years from the heartland to the Smithsonian.