Shelby Tisdale Presents her Book at the University of Arizona

Date: Monday, September 18, 2023

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: ENR2 Building Room 107, University of Arizona, 1064 E Lowell St, Tucson and via Zoom

Shelby Tisdale will present her book, No Place for a Lady, at the Environmental and Natural Resources Building on the UA campus. Her presentation “Contributions of Marjorie F. Lambert to Southwest Archaeology” is free and open to the public. Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society is sponsoring the event. The hybrid event is also on 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.

Shelby Tisale is the Retired Director, Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and Former Director, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe. She received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Arizona.

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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