Their true selves

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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.

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