Women Who Shaped Upland’s History

This week I had the privilege of reading through transcribed interviews of two women who lived in Upland. Elizabeth A. Craig-Klusman and Margaret Bassett were the first two women interviewees who I have encountered. After looking over these documents, I reflected on the role of women in history. Women’s voices are often muffled because of their domesticated roles in the home or they are often silenced by the voice of their husbands. These interviews are important in gendering the history of Upland and further complicating how we think about the past. If we were to only hear the voices of men, it is dangerously easy to think that the history of Upland was only shaped by men. These interviews tell us that the history was importantly shaped by women, as well.