|Sandy Gratop (top left) introduces Judy Justus (center).|
Libbie Custer's hat (a replica); copy of her first book,
Boots and Saddles, with Civil War memorabilia.
Olander Park, 11 November 2012
She stood by him during and after his last stand, loyal to the end and beyond. She was a creative and entrepreneurial woman, fiercely determined, who supported herself by writing, speaking and traveling. She left over $100,000 to various charities after she died, a large sum at the time.
Although history has not been as kind to General Custer as his wife, the program reminds us that history is a complicated and ever-changing discipline, revised and revisioned by the storytellers' times and environment, the kinds of questions they ask, and the perspective they bring to their subjects.
PS For a novel take on Custer, and fun to read: Lorin Lee Cary's "The Custer Conspiracy: A Novel (www.lorinleecary.com or www.cambriacreations.com)