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Calamity Jane to share stories, crack a whip Tuesday

Aug 6, 2013 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

The Museum of the American West presents "Calamity Jane Speaks and Cracks the Whip" from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Museum of the American West, 1445 Main St., Lander.

Calamity Jane is portrayed by Norma Slack Haskell, the great-great-niece of Martha Jane Canary, the original "Calamity Jane," and great-great-granddaughter of Lander pioneer Lena Canarie Borner.

Haskell will tell stories, sing old-time songs a capella, recite cowboy poetry, crack a bull whip and fire off blanks from her pistol. Much of the poetry will be original poetry by Haskell.

Haskell has portrayed Calamity Jane all over the nation, including in the Great American Wild West Show in the 1990s. She also is a published author of five booklets of her own Calamity Jane stories and has recorded a cassette, which was later redone on CD.

The event is part of the Museum of the American West third annual speaker series, which takes place all week. It is free and open to the public.

Speaker series

Calamity Jane Speaks and Cracks the Whip Tuesday

Cowboy Poets of Wyoming on Aug. 13

Buffalo Bill Boycott/Farmers Market on Aug. 14

Mountain Men and the Lewis and Clark Expedition on Aug. 20

All events are free and begin at 7 p.m. at the Museum of the American West, 1445 Main St., Lander

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