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This Road We Traveled

Drama, adventure, and family struggles abound as three generations head west on the Oregon Trail.

The Memory Weaver

Love is more powerful than the fiercest tragedy.

A Light in the Wilderness

A Light in the Wilderness is a story of grace and courage in a time of trial. WILLA award winner.

Promises of Hope for Difficult Times

A caregiver’s journey.

The American Dream

Contains A Mother’s Cry from The Midwife’s Legacy

One Million Books in Print

Read about Jane's milestone of achieving One Million books in print.

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This Road We Traveled (2016)

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Tabitha Moffat Brown traveled west from St. Charles, Missouri in 1846 to the new Oregon Territory. Fearing her son and daughter’s families would leave her behind, she funded her own wagon, convinced her 78 year old brother-in-law to go with her and hired a driver. She was 66 years old. Her story of survival while on an ill-fated cutoff into Oregon is legend in Oregon’s history.

Heroine's Journey Letter

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Click on the image to download and read the entire letter as a .pdf document.

 


Pacific University

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This is an oil painting of one of the founders of Pacific University, Tabitha Moffatt Brown. This portrait was made between 1900-1949 and is the only known existing painting of her. It was painted from the only known existing photograph of her. The portrait was painted by Brown’s great great granddaughter Lilian P. Bain. Brown made a vast contribution to Pacific. Her original vision was to turn it into a house for poor children. Students, whose parents could afford it, were to pay 1 dollar. Brown also decided to work the entire first year without pay. Her jobs included teaching, managing, and housekeeping. Brown is the only woman founder of Pacific University and is an important figure in Pacific University history.

The Mother of Oregon

In 1987 Tabby was named “The Mother of Oregon.” Read more here.

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Praise for Jane Kirkpatrick's This Road We Traveled

Kirkpatrick (The Memory Weaver) takes readers back to the 1840s and the westward expansion of the United States. Tabby Brown, the matriarch of the Brown-Pringle clan, is excited when her son Orus returns with news that the family will be making the trip out west to Oregon. This announcement is immediately followed by the pronouncement that the journey will be too much for the aging and infirm Tabby. Defiantly, Tabby makes arrangements and attaches her own wagon to the family caravan. She is provided multiple opportunities to stay behind, especially as she finds that not all of her family is leaving, but she always chooses to continue on. Kirkpatrick does a fine job developing the many family members as they make their way to the Pacific, and the deliberate, halting pace of the story accurately recapitulates the same attributes of the arduous trek across the western frontier. Tabby is a formidable, intrepid force, certain that God still has a purpose for her despite her age and disability. This is more than one woman’s story of courage and faith; it is the story of a family that journeys, grows, and heals together. Kirkpatrick’s vivid, rich prose will keep readers in awe and on the edges of their seats. (Sept.)  - Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

 

"An unforgettable story of hardship, survival, and the bonds of family, based on true events. Tabby's indomitable spirit proves that women, as well as men, helped to tame the West."--Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of Anna's Crossing

 


Author's Insight

Tabby's "Heroine's Journey Letter" made me think about all she accomplished despite her age. I also wondered why she never lived with her children? Was she a demanding mother-in-law? A grumpy grandma? Or someone so strong-willed she knew she'd do best living on her own in her own "tiny house" of a wagon. .

 

 

 

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Study Guides

A "Readers Guide" is included in the book.

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