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Inside the Boulder Club in the 1930s

1931

Using a gambling table as her dais, Canada-born evangelist, Mildred “Minnie” Kennedy, delivered fire and brimstone, revival-type sermons upstairs at the Boulder Club in Las Vegas from Aug. 23 to 30. A large sign on the casino advertised: “HERE Mother Evangel Kennedy.”

This followed Kennedy’s second marriage to her husband, Guy Hudson (he’d been betrothed to another woman at the time of the first). Kennedy was best known for managing the career of her famous daughter and fellow gospeler, Aimee Semple McPherson, in Los Angeles, earning her the moniker, “Ma Kennedy.”

Photo from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries’ Digital Collections

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