Jan Cleere

Jan Cleere,

Author, Historian, and Lecturer

Monday,  2:30-3:30 pm,

a Zoom Webinar*

Because most history is written by men, who have often neglected the accomplishments of women, a corrective is clearly needed. Jan Cleere has spent her career seeking out and making known the achievement of women of the Southwest, in particular Arizona. A frontier life that required all available energy and brainpower gave women an opening. Those who had the gumption to buck the patriarchal tradition often were able to use their formidable talents and energy in the public sphere.

Arizona history contains its share of female movers and shakers.  Jan Cleere will introduce us to an array of early Arizona women who endured trouble and hardships but who, nevertheless, achieved amazing feats and triumphs during Arizona’s early territorial days, bringing a feminine perspective to this strange and often harsh land. 

They were artists, healers, teachers, entrepreneurs, lawmakers and farmers. They were courageous, daring, tenacious, adventuresome and dedicated to improving the lives of others as well as their own. Some were well-known “rock stars” of their eras while others remained relatively unknown outside of their individual communities.

A resident of Oro Valley, Jan writes extensively about the desert southwest and the people of European origin who first settled the area. Her books about Arizona women include Levi’s & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History; the award-winning Never Don’t Pay Attention: The Life of Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa; and Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012. Her new book, Military Wives in the Arizona Territory, is set for release in March 2021.

Jan’s work has appeared in publications including Arizona Highways and Tucson Guide Quarterly.  She is a member of numerous writers’ organizations and has received recognition for her well-written articles and interesting oral presentations.

*To access the Zoom Webinar, please write info@arizonasenioracademy.org.

Written by Roxy Mitchem-Horn, Academy Village Volunteer

Nov. 30: “Legacies of the Past: Arizona Women Who Made History”