Hear about ‘Wild Weird Wicked Arizona’

January 21, 2019

History buffs are in for a treat on Thursday when Jana Bommersbach shares some of Arizona’s secrets that a few folks would rather forget.

For instance, there was the time in the early 1900s that the state’s territorial legislature decided that women could not hold the top five offices in Arizona. No woman could be governor, attorney general, secretary, treasurer or superintendent of schools. It backfired. Similar to this tale, Bommersbach will deliver a lively collection of facts and stories behind popular Arizona myths. Listen to what she has to say at the Mohave County Library in Lake Havasu City at 6:30 pm in Rooms A/B. The program, entitled “Wild Weird Wicked Arizona,” is free.

“My speech will be historical and hysterical,” she said during a phone interview. “I will talk about the territorial days and how Arizona evolved. People will learn but they’ll also be entertained.”

There will be a question and answer session at the end of the multi-media presentation.

Expect to hear more about Western women. On her website, Bommersbach notes that “Women are invisible in Western history — their incredible accomplishments buried. History gorges itself on gunfighters and goons, but stays silent on heroic and hell-raising women.”

A noted journalist and author, Bommersbach is a contributor to True West and Phoenix Magazine. She’s also an AZ Humanities road scholar and travels the state to share the details of her research.

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