September 2017 - Lincoln NE
This town is full of exciting finds. It would be worth a return visit. To see more of Lincoln, click on Lincoln in the tags below this post.
We just celebrated International Women's Day so it is appropriate.
This sculpture is outside the center.
No Turning Back - Veryl Goodnight
Wind blows the native grasses and prairie plants as a young pioneer woman grips a wagon wheel indecisively. She looks to the east with a steadfast, courageous countenance, but she is not undaunted by the uncertainty of her future as she crosses the plains toward an unknown destination. The breeze tosses her hair and dress about, and the various tones of brown and green patina add drama and vitality to the life-sized sculpture. Though her head is not covered and her hair flows freely, No Turning Back is a memorable embodiment of a heroic pioneer woman that represents both the past and the present women of the plains.
In the days of the westward movement, women played an essential role in the survival of the family. Women took care of the children and the home: they sewed clothing and quilts, cooked meals, and raised their children the best they could. However, that didn’t mean they didn’t participate in the heavy farm labor as well. Aside from providing for the farm and home, women were the providers of education and medical care. They also made candles and soap from animal fat.