Meeting Dr. Laurel Wilson one of the times when two people with extremely similar interests met at the best possible time. She mentored a college research project of mine that has now blossomed into two books, and eventually a third. She encouraged me to keep recording my grandfather’s stories with my small digital recorder and helped provide the structure for my interview process.

She is a Professor Emerita of the University of Missouri where she taught courses about the history of costume and textiles and curated the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection. She is currently a volunteer at the Boone County Historical Society and on the Collections Committee.

Here’s what Dr. Wilson had to say about Sheep, Stetsons & Stockyards: Stories on Surviving Change:

Hilarious stories about her family’s involvement in buying and selling livestock make Sierra Shea’s book an engaging read.  The photographs from her family albums and the Kansas City Public Library take it up another notch.  It is a fun book that should be on the reading list of all ag students since it also includes a serious look at the reality of the changing agricultural history in Missouri.sierra_facebook_event_photo_2016-10-03_simple

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  1. Laurel

    Hi Sierra,

    It was great to see you on Saturday and to get the new version of your book. I love the prologue that truly describes and honors your family businesses

    Laurel

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Hey there... I'm Sierra!

I am from a family of all girls. I always keep a journal. John & I were married back in 2013. It was a miracle then & it is now. We had three kids between Oct 2014 & August 2018 : Joslyn Shea, J.D., and Jesse Lee. We remodeled two houses & moved three times in our first 5 years. I grew up in Missouri, but was transplanted to South Dakota. I am working on my masters at Sioux Falls Seminary as of 6.1.19.

I started Sierra Shea & Co. as a space to curate encouragement for all women toward creative, redemptive lives as daughters of the King of Kings.