Unsinkable Western History
This site, named to honor the subject of my book, Unsinkable: The Molly Brown Story, explores Western History and ways to learn about and enjoy it in our lives. I first began learning about Western History when I started writing biographies. While doing research, I was amazed by the stories I discovered while uncovering material. Through my work with Women Writing the West, I became especially interested in the stories of women in the west. So many were overlooked or remained forever unrecognized. This has become less of a problem following widespread interest in the women’s west, generated by Cathy Luchetti’s landmark book, Women of the West. I also see the stories of men and women of the West as so closely intertwined that they defy separation. This is apparent in my own relationship following my move West in 1974, as well as in many of the stories I have discovered and incorporated into my writing.
My writing background began early on and was solidified by a journalism degree from Northern Illinois University. Adding to that, I learned about historical research methods through genealogy and involvement in the Columbine Genealogical & Historical Society in Littleton, Colorado. Those experiences combined when I wrote my first award-winning biography, First Governor, First Lady: John & Eliza Routt of Colorado in 2002. Since then, I have written four more biographies for the YA friendly series from Filter Press, “Now You Know Bios”. The journey continues.
Along the way, I have enjoyed fantastic adventures and shared moments and conversations with many wonderful people. I would like to share thoughts and stories as my odyssey continues with glimpses into the past. For instance, if you are into history, you will understand the feeling I had when I walked into the parlor of a restored Victorian B&B in Westcliffe a few years ago after delivering a speech, wearing period clothing. I stepped into a room full of antiques, with a soft glow of light glistening on polished old furnishings, the musty smell in the air a combination of age and furniture polish, wooden floor creaking underfoot, and a decanter of wine and two glasses on the parlor table awaiting our arrival. The hair stood up on the back of my neck as I thought, ahhhh yes. History rush.
Enjoy — Joyce Lohse
Something to consider … a quotation from Gerard DeGroot, professor of history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland:
“The past is what happened, history what we decide to remember. We mine the past for myths to buttress our present. The good historian is a myth buster.”
— Joyce Lohse, myth buster