Shelby Tisdale Presents at Durango’s Fort Lewis College

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Time: Reception at 6:30 p.m., Presentation at 7 p.m., MST

Where: Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO and on Zoom

Shelby Tisdale will talk about her book, No Place for a Lady, at Fort Lewis College. Tisdale returns to Durango where she recently retired as Director of the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. She has over forty years of combined experience in museum administration, anthropological, tribal museum and cultural resource management consulting, and university teaching. The event is free and open to the public and also will be live streamed to Zoom.

In the first half of the twentieth century, the canyons and mesas of the Southwest beckoned and the burgeoning field of archaeology thrived. Among those who heeded the call, Marjorie Ferguson Lambert became one of only a handful of women who not only stayed and left their imprint on the study of southwestern archaeology and anthropology but flourished. Tisdale will take us on a thought-provoking journey into how Lambert created a successful and satisfying professional career and personal life in a place she loved (the American Southwest) while doing what she loved.

About the book:

In No Place for a Lady, we gain insight into a time when there were few women establishing full-time careers in anthropology, archaeology, or museums. Through Lambert’s life story we gain new insight into the intricacies and politics involved in the development of archaeology and museums in New Mexico and the greater Southwest. We also learn about the obstacles that young women had to maneuver around in the early years of the development of southwestern archaeology as a profession.

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