Dinner With A Leader: The Story Of Nina Otero-Warren

Learn the story of Nina Otero-Warren, through a Chautauqua program at 6 p.m. Sept. 16, via zoom. Courtesy/LWVLA


The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos’ usual community Lunch with a Leader will be Dinner with a Leader at 6 p.m. Sept. 16, via zoom streaming in coordination with Mesa Public Library.

This is a special dramatic program to meet Nina Otero-Warren, through a Chautauqua program presented by Deborah Blanche. The Chautauqua program format is one in which a historical person’s life is researched thoroughly, then presented as a dramatization by the scholar/performer.

Blanche’s presentations are like short plays with spaces for the audience to interact with the characters informally. After the character leaves the stage, Blanche returns to answer questions. Deborah has been creating one-woman Chautauqua shows since studying theatre in England. In 1988 she received the YWCA’s Woman on the Move award for her contribution to the arts in New Mexico.

In 1881 Otero-Warren was born into two of the most influential and prosperous families of the Rio Abajo – the Baca-Lunas and the Chavez-Oteros. She was educated in both Spanish and English, received secondary and college training in St. Louis, but made Santa Fe her home for most of her lifetime.

Otero-Warren was an early leading New Mexico suffragist. She is known for her influential role in securing the passage of the women’s suffrage amendment by the New Mexico legislature. After women got the vote, she become the first woman in New Mexico to run for US Congress, and she came close to winning.

Her professional work and causes included bilingual and literacy education for the rural residents of Northern New Mexico, improved health and education for Pueblo peoples, and preservation of the arts and customs of her Hispanic heritage statewide, educator, early feminist, public welfare director, politician, author and businesswoman – Otero-Warren was all of these and more. She was recently recognized nationally as one of the significant women who contributed to the advancement of the nation and will be depicted on the US quarter dollar coin by the federal mint.

This presentation is sponsored by Palomita Productions and also hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society. Register at https://laconm.libcal.com/event/8078774