Adventures in History

Mrs. J. J. Brown

A Note from the Author …

This site is named in honor of the subject of my book, Unsinkable: The Molly Brown Story. While researching history for biographies, I have learned many ways to explore and connect with our historic past along the way. Through my work with Women Writing the West, I became especially interested in the stories of women in the west. So many are overlooked or remain unrecognized. This is less of a problem following widespread interest in the women’s west, generated by Cathy Luchetti’s landmark book, Women of the West (1982). Lives of men and women of the West are often closely intertwined. This is apparent in many stories I have discovered and incorporated in my writing life.

My interest in writing began early on and was solidified as a journalism student at 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 historical biographies for the YA friendly series from Filter Press, “Now You Know Bios”, scholarly papers and programs for history symposia throught the Pikes Peak Library District, and articles for general reading. The journey continues.

Along the way, I have enjoyed fantastic adventures and shared moments and conversations with ineresting people. I plan 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. We stepped into a room full of antiques, with a soft glow of light glistening on polished anticque decor, the musty air a combination of age and furniture polish, the 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.

Happy reading! — Joyce B. Lohse

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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.”

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“I am a daughter of adventure. This means I never experience a dull moment and must be prepared for any eventuality … That’s my arc as the astrologers would say. It’s a good one, too, for a person who had rather make a snap-out than a fade-out of life.”

                                                         — Margaret Tobin Brown (Denver Post, August 1923)

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