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CIPA EVVY 2012 WWW

2012 CIPA EVVY Award Winners from Filter Press & members of Women Writing the West.

Two other members of Women Writing the West from Filter Press recently shared honors with me at the Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association EVVY Awards Banquet in Lonetree, Colorado. Nancy Oswald took top award for her book, Rescue In Poverty Gulch, as did my book, Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen, which won the EVVY for Best Biography. None of this celebration would have been possible without the TLC administered by Doris Baker of Filter Press for the publication of these two titles, and for hosting our table at the banquet. I am grateful to the Filter folks for their faith in my work and their touches which make my books special. I am also grateful to CIPA for the boost and vote of confidence from these awards, during a time of transition in the industry. To have my book chosen for top honors from the second largest group of entries ever received by CIPA makes it an especially sweet honor and even more precious. I take to heart their advice to use this opportunity wisely, and to move forward with the knowledge that Baby Doe is a special publication.

Joyce B. Lohse
http://www.LohseWorks.com

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Life After the Titanic

Survivor CollageBefore we move on from the Titanic disaster and Margaret “Molly” Brown’s heroic actions as a survivor of that tragedy, it is important to note that her life following that event was full of activism. She must have known as she fought for survival that she still had much to do during the rest of her life. Her immediate concern was for other survivors who lost their belongings and loved ones, and suffered terrible losses and difficulties. She organized a survivors’ association while still on the ship, and stayed on the rescue ship Carpathia until each person received care, was allowed to send translated messages to their loved ones, and she made sure all had a place to go from the port in New York City. Although she wasn’t invited to include her testimony with other survivors before a Congressional hearing, she used her connections to tell her version of the story in Denver newspapers. She helped organize a memorial for those who perished, and arranged special recognition of the crew of the Carpathia for coming to the aid of survivors.

The following year, Mrs. Brown briefly ran for Congress until it became apparent that she had no chance of winning her campaign. The following year, she organized Denver women to send supplies and assistance to poor mining families following the Ludlow Massacre in Southern Colorado. While visiting southern Florida, she led guests of the Breakers Hotel to safety when fire broke out. She turned her house in Newport over to the Red Cross during World War I, and traveled to France to help there with the war effort. She helped injured soldiers when they returned from battle, earning the French Legion of Honor Award. She attempted to organize a female military troop, and succeeded in establishing a female coalition for mine operations in Leadville. She supported the arts by organizing art collection displays, and helped mentor young women studying drama. When her life ended, previously arranged gifts arrived for struggling mining families in Leadville, so their families would have presents to open for Christmas. Her life, which continued to be full of adventure, was that of an involved person with intelligence, spirit and purpose.

Joyce B. Lohse
http://www.LohseWorks.com

 

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