History In My Hands

23 Oct


History researchers in Denver beware and be aware. As of Oct. 31, the Colorado Historical Society is closing its library for the next two years while they move and reconstruct their museum. Yes, I said two YEARS!! Realization of this closure has thrown my research schedule for my next biography into panic mode. The subject for the next book is Elizabeth Tabor, known around Colorado as “Baby Doe”, the Silver Queen of Leadville.

Although my writing and research schedule has become somewhat tospy-turvy and compressed, I hit paydirt this week when I squeezed in a visit to CHS before the impending closure. The large volume of the Tabor holdings are a two edged sword. The good news is that there is much information to read, view and assimilate. The bad news is that it takes time and organization to sort through the inconsequential, sift down to the nitty-gritty, and identify the really good stuff.

Frustrations slip away when treasures fall into the researchers hands. Fortunately, those moments came and I was transported to a time long ago when our pioneer state was newly formed. A silver king named H.A.W. Tabor put aside his ego and business concerns to scribble words of love to “Lizzie”, the bold script fading but the intent still clear on thin scraps of paper. A voyeur into the past, I was able to interpret these items directly from the source. History was in my hands.

I will miss CHS while they regroup. However, when one door closes, two more usually open. The adventure is just beginning. I am almost grateful that I was forced to scramble into disjointed action. Almost.

Joyce Lohse, 10/23/09


Posted by on October 23, 2009 in Western history


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4 responses to “History In My Hands

  1. sandra beatriz

    October 24, 2009 at 11:36 am

    well, hello Dear Joyce, I very happy that you are in different projects, and still with lots of inspiration to write!!!

    I hope that the library gets soon open, before the 2 yrs.

    one big hello from Portugal!!to you and your lovely family

    i`ll keep in touch

    Sandra b

    • joyce4books

      October 25, 2009 at 9:17 am

      Hello Sandra — How wonderful to hear from you!! I hope you are doing well in Portugal. We enjoyed fun adventures when you were here in Denver years ago. As you see, I am still enjoying Colorado history research, and writing books about our pioneers. Please let me hear from you, and what is new in your life. I tried to reply to your address, but I don’t think the message went through. Please reply here, or through the mailbox at my web site: . Thank you for your message! — Joyce

  2. Joan Lessard

    May 31, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I ran across your sight May 2010 so I don’t know how far you are in your research at this time The reason I am writing is I am on a search for the complete history of The Tabor Grand Hotel in Leadville. My parents owned the hotel for many years (The Vendome). I lived in the hotel until 1966. I have a few interesting tidbits about Baby Doe
    I am compiling the history of the hotel but I too stuck with the resouces not open until 2012!!

    • joyce4books

      June 2, 2010 at 9:23 am

      Hello Joan — Thank you for your message. Mighty interesting! It sounds as if we might have some research interests in common. I was up in Leadville just last week, and plan to blog about it when I have a free minute, which is not happening at the moment. Please stay tuned, and we will be in touch. Thanks again for the contact.
      Best wishes — Joyce


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