Kathleen L. Anderson, Board Member
Kate Anderson has had a life-long interest in Western History and the unique spirit and self-reliance of Western culture.
Born and raised in Hollywood, California, she was educated at the University of California, majoring in Literature and History. In 1982, she and a companion packed up a few belongings and a tipi on two burros and walked from Big Bear, California to Trout Lake, Washington, a journey of 2,000 miles. In Trout Lake, Kate built a log cabin and lived primitively for twelve years, acquiring a deepened knowledge and appreciation of pioneer life.
Kate lived and worked in Tombstone, Arizona for a number of years, where she conducted historical tours, participated in competition gunfight reenactments, and served as assistant editor for The Tombstone Tumbleweed newspaper, writing and editing six pages of Old West history.
Kate is a proud third cousin of Fiorello La Guardia, noted mayor of New York, whose family lived in Prescott from 1892-1898. Achille Carlos La Guardia, Kate’s 3rd great-uncle, was a musician and military bandleader stationed at Fort Whipple.
In 2014, Kate founded The Prescott Tea Society, and a community volunteer group called The Prescott Tea Ladies, who, together with other costumed history buffs, provide History, Tea Culture and Etiquette presentations and demonstrations to local fund-raising events, schools, libraries, museums and care centers.
Kate and her husband Tom are also vintage automobile enthusiasts. She is a board member of the Prescott Antique Auto Club, an event-committee member for Prescott Meals on Wheels, and is a docent for the Elks Opera House Guild. Kate is also a member of the Whiskey Row Renegades, the Prescott Buscaderos, and the Victorian Society in America.