Post by Doris McCraw
writing as Angela Raines
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One of my favorite places to spend time, prior to the 'lock-down', was the Special Collections at the local library. Oh, the hours spent reading microfilm of old newspapers or digging into the genealogy of someone whose name I found in the papers. Those were amazing times.
Although I haven't been as consistent as I was prior to the closing, I've been back a few times and if anything the time there is even more exciting.
Lately, I've been perusing the 'stacks'. In addition to magazines such as Overland Dispatch: Smoky Hill Trail Association and The Colorado Magazine, the books I've come across are so full of information that takes me to some amazing pieces of history.
As I've been researching Colorado's History and the Women Doctors who were here in the early days, I've come across books like Mary DeMund's "Colorado Women Physicians". There's a book listing the applications of doctors to practice medicine from 1881 to 1967. Books on illness and cures, including the books by Dr. S. Edwin Solly, an early proponent of Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs as a place for recovery from Consumption. Of course, I can't leave out "Dr. at Timberline" by Charles Fox Gardiner.
Books about early pioneers to Colorado, including "Those Bassett Women" by Grace McClure and books on the Ghost Towns of Colorado. One of my favorites is by Sandra Dallas, "Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps".
I could go on and on, but I will include some of the books from the History Symposium Regional History Series the library has presented for over ten years. These include: "Film and Photography on the Front Range", "Disasters of the Pikes Peak Region" and "Massacre, Murder, and Mayhem in the Rocky Mountain West".
Until next time.