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St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Westfall Politics and History Series Presents Historian  Kathleen Sheppard

Author of “Women in the Valley of the Kings: The Untold Story of Women Egyptologists in the Gilded Age

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In Conversation with Dr. Anne Austin, Egyptologist and Assistant Professor of History - University of Missouri St. Louis

The history of Egyptology is often told as yet one more grand narrative of powerful men striving to seize the day and the precious artifacts for their competing homelands. But that is only half of the story. In “Women in the Valley of the Kings,” historian Kathleen Sheppard shares the stories of some of the earliest European women who ventured to Egypt as travelers. Their travelogues, diaries and maps chronicled a new world for the curious. “Women in the Valley of the Kings” upends the grand male narrative of Egyptian exploration and shows how a group of courageous women charted unknown territory and changed the field of Egyptology forever.

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