Tucson Festival of Books

Shelby Tisdale

Sponsored by Peggy and Terry DeWald

Shelby Tisdale, retired director of the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, is an award-winning author who has published more than 40 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. Her most recent work is "No Place for a Lady: The Life Story of Archaeologist Marjorie F. Lambert." She lives in Tucson, Ariz. 

Arizona author

Awards: Oklahoma Book Awards in Non-Fiction and Graphic/Design; Historical Society of New Mexico's Ralph Emerson Twitchell Book Award, Southwest Book Award from the Borderlands Regional Libraries

Communities: Arizona Author, Tucsonan

Scheduled events:
Unearthing Legacies
Embark on a captivating journey as you hear the authors tell two remarkable stories. Discover the trailblazing life of Marjorie Ferguson Lambert, a pioneer in southwestern archaeology, and then brace yourself for the daring 1938 expedition of botanists Elzada Clover and Lois Jotter as they braved the treacherous Colorado River. Learn about these untold adventures and resilience of these women that helped shape the American West.

WNPA Stage (Seats 146)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Nature / Environment
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - National Parks (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Melissa Sevigny, Shelby Tisdale
Moderator: Marie Buck
Shelby Tisdale
No Place for a Lady: The Life Story of Archaeologist Marjorie F. Lambert 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. In this delightful biography, we gain insight into a time when there were few women establishing full-time careers in anthropology, archaeology, or museums. 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. Women’s voices have long been absent throughout history, and Marjorie Lambert’s story adds to the growing literature on feminist archaeology.

The University of Arizona Press, Booth #242 (Seats 1)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
History / Biography

Author: Shelby Tisdale

No Place for a Lady
The Life Story of Archaeologist Marjorie F. Lambert
History / Biography
University of Arizona Press
June 2023
ISBN 9780816549719
293 pages
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One Man’s Remarkable Journey from Tututepec to L.A.
History / Biography
University of Arizona Press
April 2021
ISBN 9780816540785
264 pages