William Best Hesseltine Award 2005-06 Winner Announced
Our readers have chosen: the 40th annual William Best Hesseltine Award goes to Amelia Osterud for her Volume 89, Winter 2005-06 article, "A Life of Her Own Choosing: Anna Gibbons' Fifty Years as a Tattooed Lady."
Klem received her Masters degrees in History and Library Science
from UW-Milwaukee in 2004 and also holds a bachelors degree in Fine Arts. She currently works in the Special Collections Department at the UWM Libraries and is working on a manuscript
on the history of tattooed ladies, based on her research for her masters thesis, '"Say Have You Met Lydia?' A History of American Tattooed Ladies of the Circus, Sideshow and Dime Museum,
"A Life of Her Own Choosing: Anna Gibbons' Fifty Years as a Tattooed Lady" recounts the career of circus side-show performer Anna Mae Gibbons (nee Burlingston; 1893-1985). This Portage County native found fame, fortune and an interesting life as "Artoria," one of the best-known tattooed ladies of her generation. In addition to information about Gibbon's career, Klem includes information about the history of tattooed performers and the evolution of tattooing. Access our online archives of the Wisconsin Magazine of History in order to read the article online.
Established in memory of a past president of the Wisconsin Historical Society and a distinguished University of Wisconsin professor, the William Best Hesseltine Award honors an individual article that appears in a four-issue volume of the Wisconsin Magazine of History. WMH readers have chosen the award winners since 2002.