Their true selves
In the first decades of the 20th century, many wealthy, creative women left the cosseted comfort of their families to reinvent themselves on the Western frontier. In Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest, Lesley Poling-Kempes traces the lives of four such seekers — Natalie Curtis, Alice Klauber, Carol Stanley, and Mary Cabot Wheelwright. Poling-Kempes speaks about her subjects, and many others of note who paved the way for generations of like-minded women, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the New Mexico History Museum. On the cover is a 1917 photo of Curtis in Santa Fe; image courtesy the Braun Research Library Collection, Autry Museum, Los Angeles; P.32183.