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Elk River Books is partnering with the Yellowstone Gateway Museum for a special author event,
“One Fine Page: An Evening with Park County Authors,” to commemorate the museum’s 40th Anniversary.
The free event is slated for Thursday, June 1, at 7:00 p.m.

Come enjoy page-long readings by some of Park County's best authors.
The museum opens at 6:00 and refreshments will be served. Authors will be on hand following the readings to sign books.

I will be reading from Mattie, A Woman's Journey West.

Mattie Culver Chip Samuel book review

Mattie and Chip


Singing in the Saddle, The Life and Times of Yellowstone Chip
tells the story of Yellowstone Chip Samuell, a farm boy classically trained in music with the dream of becoming a true Western Cowboy.

Chip’s contributions as an entertainer and wrangler caught my imagination. After finding traces of
Yellowstone Chip’s writing at the historic OTO Dude Ranch north of Yellowstone National Park, I
tracked Chip’s history. In the course of my research, I found Chip’s memoirs, his music, his cartooning, and
his family. What has emerged from these home sources and civil records is the picture of a first-class wrangler and entertainer during the heyday of dude ranches and singing cowboys.

Singing In The Saddle documents Chip’s travels from his Illinois childhood home to the majesty of the Western United States. Within the book, tunes are introduced highlighting different portions of Chip’s musical development. His lively journey encompasses music, cowboy life, and most of all, people. Backed with nostalgic photographs and written works by Chip, this book tells the story of a true singing cowboy.

A page of my web site is devoted to the music which accompanies the book.
Access it here by clicking on Chip's photo.

Singing in the Saddle the Life and Times of Yellowstone Chip

Both my books are currently available at these bookstores:
Ranks Mercantile in Virginia City
Sax & Fryer (a fantastic book store that has been in business over 100 years)
in Livingston
Conley's Books in Livingston
The Yellowstone Gateway-Museum
in Livingston
The Yellowstone Historic Center in West Yellowstone
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center Gift Shop
in West Yellowstone
The Book Peddler in West Yellowstone
Tumbleweed Bookstore and Cafe
 in Gardiner


The King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City
Ask at the Barnes and Noble at Gateway
Sundancer Books in Springdale, Utah
Bards Books in Phoenix
Guidon Books in Scottsdale
The Knowledge Nook in Casper
On line at:
Barnes and Noble


Singing in the Saddle is also Avalible on Kindle, Nook and as an Ebook from Xlibris

Or from me through PayPal

Singing in the Saddle, The Life and Times of Yellowstone Chip
has won a Golden Quill Award from the
League of Utah Writers.

Golden Quill Award

Visit my Facebook page all about Yellowstone Chip

Contact me about my multimedia presentation on Yellowstone Chip
Lecture Touring Information
Length of lecture: one hour with discussion following lecture
Ask me about artist in residence option


Mattie, A Woman's Journey West

Mattie, A Woman's Journey West
Mattie Shipley Culver is buried in Yellowstone National Park.
I have written this book about her life and how I discovered her history.

Check out this video I shot in 1989, the 100th anniversary of Mattie S. Culver's death.
Mattie Culver Grave Site in Winter 1989.


My book trailer about Mattie, A Woman's Journey West.

Home Sources
Home Sources were key to discovering Mattie Culver's past.

home sources

Mattie Culver’s autograph book uncovered
the puzzle of her gravestone in Yellowstone Park.

These napkin rings belonged to Mattie,
her daughter Theda and Mattie's mother.

Mattie Culver's Home Sources
will be on display at the Yellowstone Gateway-Museum
in Livingston, Montana in 2013

You can order Mattie, A Woman's Journey West from Homestead Publishing or
from me through PayPal.

I have a Facebook page devoted to all things Mattie.

Contact me about my multimedia presentation on Mattie Culver
Lecture Touring Information
Length of lecture: one hour with discussion following lecture
Ask me about artist in residence option

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