COUNTY NEWS RELEASE
The staff of Los Alamos County Library System is pleased to present Amazing Women of the Wild West live at Fuller Lodge on Thursday, June 9th from 7 to 8 p.m. This highly engaging musical theater show will be performed by actress VanAnn Moore and is made possible by the New Mexico Humanities Council and Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries. Content is appropriate for all ages. Attendees can expect lively performances with optional singalongs as well as living history portrayals of three women from New Mexico’s Territorial Period.
Drawing from historical records, VanAnn Moore takes us back to the year 1848 to portray three women from one of New Mexico’s most dramatic eras. During the Territorial Period, Doña Tules (Gertrude Barcelo) owned gambling houses in Santa Fe and established close relationships with both Mexican and American leaders. Susan Shelby Magoffin (often billed as the first Anglo woman down the Santa Fe Trail) recorded her adventures for future generations in her famous diary, Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico. Lydia Spencer Lane, the wife of an army officer who served at Fort Fillmore, Fort Union, and elsewhere in New Mexico, also produced a memoir of her life and times, I Married a Soldier.
VannAnn Moore has performed throughout the United States and internationally, and she has over 45 major roles to her credit in opera, musicals, and plays. She has been associated with the University of New Mexico (teaching theater and music for over ten years); the New Mexico Arts Division as an Artist-in-Residence for the state; the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities; and has performed and taught master classes in music and theater at numerous festivals and colleges throughout the country.
This program is free to the public and will take place in-person at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave. in Los Alamos. For more information, please visit the library’s event calendar or call (505) 662-8257.