Tattooed: The Tale of Maud Wagner
presented by Lisa Soller
August 14, 2022, 2 p.m.
Ottawa Memorial Auditorium, 301 South Hickory Street, Ottawa, Kansas
Born in Emporia, Kansas, in 1877, Maud Stevens left home at the age of 19 to join the circus. While working as an aerialist and contortionist at Louisiana Purchase Exposition (also known as the St. Louis World’s Fair), she met and married Gus “The Globe Trotter” Wagner, a “most artistically marked up man” who would collect more than 800 tattoos during his lifetime. Soon covered in tattoos of her own, Maud Stevens Wagner became a professional female tattoo artist who traveled the country.
“Tattooed” will be presented by Lisa Soller, deputy director of the Lyon County History Center in Emporia, Kansas.