Please join us for this fun and unique speaker series. More programs to come in 2023!


"No Women Need Apply"
Featuring New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Enss

   September 13, 2022
   The Center for the Arts, Off Center Stage
   315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley
   5:15pm to 6:30pm

   Western towns looking for a local doctor during the frontier era often concluded their           advertisements in just that manner. Yet apply they did. And in small towns all over the west, highly   trained women from medical colleges in the East took on the post of local doctor to great acclaim.     These women changed the lives of the patients they came in contact with, as well as their own   lives,  and helped write the history of the West. Author Chris Enss offers a glimpse into the   fascinating lives of ten of these amazing women physicians.

Chris Enss is a New York Times best selling author who has been writing about women of the Old West for more than twenty years.  She has penned more than forty published books on the subject.  Her work has been honored with five Will Rogers Medallion Awards, an Elmer Kelton Book Award, an Oklahoma Center for the Book Award, and was a Western Writers of America Spur Finalist.  Her book The Pinks:  The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency has been optioned by NBC is currently in development to become a television series.  Enss’s most recent work is According to Kate: The Legendary Life of Big Nose Kate Elder, Love of Doc Holliday, No Place for a Woman: The Fight for Suffrage in the Wild West, and Iron Women:  The Ladies Who Helped Build the Railroad, and The Lady and the Mountain Man:  Isabella Bird, Mountain Man Jim Nugent, and their Unlikely Friendship.   

Enss is also the current president of Western Writers of America and incoming executive director of the Will Rogers Medallion Award.    

Seating is limited! Please register below, or you may rsvp to or call (530) 477-9700
Please comply with The Center of the Arts COVID policy as it stands on the day of the event. Parking is available in the lot on Richardson Street or general street parking.

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September 13, 2022
The Center for the Arts, Off Center Stage
315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley
5:15pm to 6:30pm
Author Chris Enss offers a glimpse into the fascinating lives of ten amazing women physicians from the Old West.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 5:15 PM


"Gemstone Happy Hour", featuring the Women of  Stucki Jewelers 
November 9th
Stucki Jewelers 
148 Mill Street, Gras Valley
5:15pm to 6:30pm

   Join us in store at Stucki Jewelers in downtown Grass Valley to learn about the history of gemstones, tour the behind the scenes of jewelry design, and hear from women working in a predominatley male lead industry.