Monthly Archives: April 2014

Easter Greetings

It seems like Burlesque folks are more active these days in Las Vegas than showgirl folks–not that either group are actually working much anymore, but it’s great to see that there are people trying to keep some of the wonderful old entertainment alive, in
our memories anyway.

Last month, a ‘discussion’ took place at the Las Vegas County Library called, “Putting the Sin in Sin City; 60 Years of Burlesque in Las Vegas.” It was sponsored by downtown’s Burlesque Hall of Fame. Yes, we have one of those as well as a Mob Museum.

Some old timers such as Tempest Storm and Tiffany Carter were there to reminisce along with some more recent performers and folks who work to keep the memories alive. In the last 30 years, Burlesque has been on the wane, but ironically, seems to be picking up in popularity once again. Most of our old, famous comedians started in Burlesque and it would be fun to see it come back again.

A few April highlights, so far, from the National Women’s History Project, tells us about some very interesting women not in Burlesque, but who have done some outstanding things with their clothes on: first, in 1931, Jackie Mitchell at 17 years old, pitched an exhibition baseball game against the N.Y. Yankees and struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The next day, the Baseball Commissioner voided her contract, claiming baseball was too strenuous for women. The ban was not overturned until 1992.

In April 1805, Sacagawea begins helping the Lewis & Clark Expeditions as an interpreter. In 1939, Marian Anderson sang an Easter Sunday concert for more that 75,000 at Lincoln Memorial. And, in 1987 the National Museum of Women in Arts opened in Washington, D.C. (For more information about NWHP, email nwhp@nwhp.org)