Real-Life Calamity Jane
Date Saturday August 25, 2018
Time1:00 PM  - 2:00 PM
Location Pictograph Cave State Park
Contact Richard Tooke
(406) 254-7342
DescriptionPictograph State Park will host "Me and Martha: Intimate Reflections of Dora DuFran about the Real-Life Calamity Jane," with Mary Jane Bradbury at Pictograph Cave State Park Saturday, August 25 at 1:00pm.

The name Calamity Jane recalls an iconic character of the American West. Accounts of Calamity—whose real name was Martha Canary—are legion and she has achieved mythical status in the lore of the frontier. She lived and traveled throughout Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas from 1867 to 1903, during some of the West’s wildest days. The voracious Victorian press sensationalized her activities, and as a flamboyant character in popular dime novels, Calamity Jane’s legend grew until the person behind the character all but disappeared.

Who better to give us insights about the real story than madam Dora DuFran, a Black Hills pioneer, entrepreneur and close friend of Calamity's. Ms. DuFran built a successful red-light business during the rambunctious early days of the western frontier in Deadwood, South Dakota, and has a unique perspective about how wild it really was. Ms. DuFran knows better than anyone the life of Martha Canary and Calamity Jane, two quite different women, one legendary, one all but forgotten. Don’t miss this unique, historic perspective on women’s issues and the power of the pen!”

Mary Jane Bradbury is a scholar and actress with over 25 years of experience bringing history to life for audiences of all ages in the Rocky Mountain region. She is a member of the Humanities Montana and Colorado Humanities Speakers Bureaus, and before moving to Montana, was an historic interpreter for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

For more information call the park visitor center at (406) 254-7342.