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Apr 7

Skirting Traditions Lecture Series - Pam Stevenson on Mary Jane Shoun

Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Sharlot Hall Museum - 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott

Mary Jane Phillippi Shoun, multi-faceted journalist who excelled in diverse media careers during her life, including those of radio broadcaster, public relations expert, and newspaper reporter and editor. Her vibrant and outgoing personality led her to work for many public causes, both professionally and as a volunteer. Mary Jane worked at numerous Phoenix area publications, including the Glendale Star, Peoria Times and Maryvale Star, as well as radio stations in Flagstaff and Phoenix.

Pam Stevenson is an award winning television producer/writer and historical journalist. She spent 15 years at KOOL-TV, THE Phoenix CBS station, as special projects producer, investigative reporter and news managing editor. She later joined KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS station, as a production manager until she relinquished that title to become an independent producer. "I wasn't getting to produce," she said. "I was doing human resources and budgets. I wanted to produce television." Stevenson is the founder/president of Agave Productions, a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving Southwestern history and culture by videotaping oral histories and producing educational programs. In addition, she is the coauthor of "Grand Endeavors: Vintage Arizona Quilts and Their Makers," which won the 1992 Border Regional Library Book Award. In "Skirting Traditions" Stevenson wrote the stories of two writers, Louise DeWald and Mary Jane Phillippi Shoun.

$3 for members, $5 for non-members. Space is limited, so please call 928-445-3122 to RSVP.

Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012, an anthology, chronicles the lives and accomplishments of 28 Arizona women who exhibited resilience, creativity and the grit to survive, whether on the frontier of a young state or in a male-dominated profession. These are women who in their time, by "skirting traditions," were often controversial. The narratives in "Skirting Traditions" move forward from the beginning of statehood in 1912 to the modern day, describing daring feats, patriotic actions, and amazing accomplishments by women profiled. Please visit the Sharlot Hall Museum store to purchase your own copy of this book for $22.95.

In 2012, the book was designated an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission. Eighteen award winning members of the Arizona Press Women, sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women Education Fund, each penned a chapter for this project. Proceeds from book sales will fund college scholarships in Arizona.

To celebrate this centennial project Sharlot Hall Museum is pleased to present a series of lectures by each of the authors of Skirting Traditions throughout 2013.

For more information, please visit the Sharlot Hall Museum website.