Joyce Lohse will present a Colorado double-header entitled, Colorado History: Truth and Mystery. The first topic will be Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen. She arrived in Leadville seeking riches and romance, and found both with Horace Tabor, the Leadville Silver King. When Tabor’s unhappy marriage ended, he and Elizabeth “Baby” Doe became a couple. They married and enjoyed a decade of riches from his silver mines. Following the economic silver crash of 1893, their riches abruptly vanished, but their love endured.
The second story is about Spencer Penrose: Builder and Benefactor, who became fabulously wealthy in the mining industry. He used his wealth and business sense to invest in and build his community at the foot of Pikes Peak. In addition to his Broadmoor Hotel resort, Penrose built roads up Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Manitou Incline, and other attractions and developments. His wife, Julie, donated her wealth and energy to many cultural, educational, and religious pursuits. Their estate continue to serve Colorado through the El Pomar Foundation.
Joyce Lohse’s presentations include asides about finding the true story of Colorado’s famous pioneers through study of primary evidence and public records. Her PowerPoint presentations contain historic and rare images, along with items from her extensive photo and vintage post card collections. The tone of the program is lively, educational, and entertaining. Lohse wades through legends to find the true story of her subjects.
Author Joyce B. Lohse (pronounced “Low’see”) combines a journalism education with genealogy research skills and a passion for history to create award-winning biographies for all ages. Her previous six biographies won two silver WILLA awards, four Colorado Independent Publishers’ EVVY awards, and one Colorado Authors’ League Top Hand award. She has presented more than 150 history and book programs to groups and organizations in Colorado. www.LohseWorks.com