We were both so busy over Memorial Day weekend at different cemeteries and with our families that we did not have time to finish our research for the planned episode this week. However, we have a very special return guest with a fascinating story joining us next week and we will be able to return to our regularly scheduled program! We humbly apologize and we thank you for sticking with us on all of our Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery journeys. Until we meet again!
March 30, 2023

Episode 128 - Ordinary Extraordinary Women: Uncovering the Hidden Stories of the Past

Episode 128 - Ordinary Extraordinary Women: Uncovering the Hidden Stories of the Past

Jennie and Dianne celebrate the last week of Women's History Month by revisiting some past interviews with women who have researched the Ordinary Extraordinary women of the past who fascinated them. Join them as they chat with authors Jan MacKell Collins and Sharon Pajka about soiled doves, marvelous madams, and women writers. They also revisit a conversation with Jennie's very good friend Laurilea McDaniel to delve into the life of Elizabeth Patton Crockett who became second wife to frontiersman Davy Crockett.  As Calamity Jane once said, "I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one."

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To hear each of the full episodes, simply follow these links:

Episode 94 - Good Time Girls of the West an Interview with Author Jan MacKell Collins:

Episode 77 - Three Women of the Wild West:

Episode 73 - Women Writers Buried in Virginia Part 1:

Episode 74 - Women Writers Buried in Virginia Part 2:

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Jan MacKell Collins

Jan MacKell Collins has been interested in harlots of the past since she was just a girl. Since 1987, she has researched and written about thousands of wayward women across the west. Two date, she has written ten books and hundreds of articles about the prostitution industry and women who have worked in the field during the 19th and early 20th century.

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Laurilea McDaniel

Laurilea has been an educator for the past 20 years. She has taught all levels from kindergarten to college. She holds undergraduate degrees in Theatre, Journalism and Education, and a master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction for Secondary Theatre Education from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She is also a Freddie G. Fellow, Class of 2017.

She passionately believes in the power of the arts and how transformative they can be. Everyone has a story worthy of being heard. Arts programs encourage confidence and give students a voice!

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Dr. Sharon Pajka

Sharon Pajka is a Professor in the Department of English. She holds a Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Virginia. Her recent publications focus on deaf characters and dead (e.g. vampire) characters in adolescent literature.

Her doctoral research focused on the portrayals and perceptions of Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature. She currently keeps a research blog on the topic: http://pajka.blogspot.com/.

She enjoys teaching courses in adolescent literature and literary studies along with teaching interdisciplinary courses, including “Vampires: Their Historical Significance in Literature, Film, and Pop Culture,” which made The Washington Post's list of "The 15 Oddest College Courses in the D.C. Region".

In 2018, Dr. Pajka completed a graduate program in Public History at the University of Richmond while developing a course focused on dark tourism.

On the weekends, you can find her in the cemetery giving history tours, and running River City Cemetarians; or, you can find her in the blogosphere at http://Goth-Gardening.blogspot.com/ where she uses “gardening” as a metaphor for living a more gothy life.