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Shelby Tisdale, No Place for a Lady: The Life Story of Archaeologist Marjorie F. Lambert
Shelby Tisdale, No Place for a Lady: The Life Story of Archaeologist Marjorie F. Lambert

Tue, Oct 17


Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse

Shelby Tisdale, No Place for a Lady: The Life Story of Archaeologist Marjorie F. Lambert

In this delightful biography, we gain insight into a time when there were few women establishing full-time careers in anthropology, archaeology, or museums. Women’s voices have long been absent throughout history, and Marjorie Lambert’s story adds to the growing literature on feminist archaeology.

Date, Time & Location

Oct 17, 2023, 6:00 PM MDT

Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

About the Event

Shelby will be in conversation with award-winning author Lesley Poling-Kempes (The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the WestValley of Shining Stone: The Story of Abiquiu; Georgia O’Keeffe & New Mexico, and Ghost Ranch.)

This will be an in-store event and will be live streamed to Zoom, register here for Zoom.

Copies of No Place for a Lady ($33, paperback) can be purchased online from CW here or by calling the store to order (505) 988-4226. Signed copies will be available after the event.

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 left their imprint on the study of southwestern archaeology and anthropology.  

Shelby Tisdale successfully combines Lambert’s voice from extensive interviews with her own to 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.  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. Tisdale brings into focus one of the long-neglected voices of women in the intellectual history of anthropology and archaeology and highlights how gender roles played out in the past in determining the career paths of young women. She also highlights what has changed and what has not in the twenty-first century.

About the Author

Shelby Tisdale, retired director of the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, is an award-winning author who has published more than forty book chapters, articles, and books on Southwest Native American art and women. She edited Federico: One Man’s Remarkable Journey from Tututepec to L.A. by Federico Jiménez Caballero. She is an independent scholar living in Tucson Arizona.

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