Dear God, They’re Pressing On by Pam Backlund
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Concho Folks by Pam Backlund
You will find twenty-six stories in this book of almost one hundred human characters. In one sitting you will fondly embrace one story’s characters, setting, problem(s) and solution(s). You might find yourself liking some stories and disliking others. But by reading this book you will know something about the Concho Valley and the nation as a whole—in the late 1800s. Go to Pam Backlund’s posts for more info.
During that time period, West Texas was becoming urbanized. Therefore many of this book’s stories depict pleasures and struggles in and near the town of San Angela—called San Angelo, beginning in 1884.
Pam Backlund diligently tries to depict the times—its customs, social arrangements, physical geography, towns and politics—in a relevant manner. Enjoy the fictional literature!
Pam Backlund also collects photos of the region and its historical settings. She loves to cut and paste these snapshots of time—into original creations—which she then traces. A traced sketch is assigned to each story. Enjoy the traced sketches!
She Spoke of Her River
by Pam Backlund
Almost 2 decades ago in 1998, Pam Backlund wrote for the River Corridor Commission, a booklet for river education. It was printed (about 30,000 copies) on disposable newspaper print and put into a Sunday paper. Copies were also distributed to 3rd graders in public and private schools in the Concho Valley. You can view a poor resolution flipbook of that publication here.
Then in 2018 Pam Backlund constructed a video to explain the concepts of “She Spoke of Her River” in a more current form. You can view that video here.