'My Life As a Whore' - presentation at OCC History Center June 26The story of a former Salida madam will be told in a program at the Old Colorado City History Center Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m.
The title is “The Biography of Madam Laura Evans: My Life as a Whore.” That's also the title of a recent book by the program's presenter, Tracy Beach, an author/researcher from Salida.
Beach previously spoke at the center in March on Colorado's urban tunnels, in conjunction with another book she wrote -“Tunnels Under Our Feet: Forgotten Hollow Sidewalks.”
Owned and operated by the volunteer Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), the History Center is at 1 S. 24th St.
According to the Salida Regional Library website, Evans lived from 1871 to 1953 and “was Salida's most prominent madam.”
“Tracy and her daughter India will dress in vintage clothes and present a slide show that will communicate the story of Madam Laura Evans based upon the book,” states an OCCHS press release. “The book has vintage nudes, but the slide show is family-friendly.”
In addition, mannequins will be dressed in vintage clothing representing the years 1890 to 1949, and music from the 1920s to 1940s will be playing “to set the mood,” according to the release.
For more information, call the History Center at 636-1225. Also, the center's museum is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Westside Pioneer/press release