Tips and Wisdom

Riverside Angel

Photo from Riverside Cemetery, Denver, 2009
Joyce B. Lohse


Joyce B. Lohse is an author and photojournalist with an
extensive collection of Western and historical photographs.
All photos and text are copyright protected by Joyce B. Lohse.
Written permission is required for use.


Headstone Symbol Art Boston
Tombstone Symbol Art

Butterfly – freeing of the spirit
Dog – loyalty
Frog – worldly pleasures
Horse – courage, generosity
Lamb – purity, innocence
Lion – the power of God
Fish – faith

Bird in flight – flight of the soul
Dove – Holy Spirit (for Christian)
Eagle – courage, military career
Owl – wisdom
Rooster – awakening

Arms outstretched – mercy
Broken column – early death
Broken sword – life cut short
Clasped hands – farewell
Hand points up – path to heaven
Hand points down – mortality
Hand holds heart – charity
Heart – love, mortality, courage

Cypress tree – morning
Daisy – innocence, youth, hope
Forget-me-not – remembrance
Ivy – eternal life, friendship
Lily – Easter, purity, innocence
Morning Glory – love, affection
Oak – strength
Olive tree – peace
Pine – fertility, fidelity
Poppy – peace, rest, consolation
Rose – love, wisdom, beauty
Sunflower – adoration
Thistle – earthly sorrow, Scotland
Violet – faithfulness, modesty
Weeping Willow – grief, mourning
Wheat – resurrection, fertility

Arch – victory of life in death
Anchor – hope, a disguised cross
Book – faith, scholar
Candle – eternal life
Columns – noble life
Cross – religion, suffering
Crossed swords – died in battle
Crown – reward, glory in afterlife
Cradle – childhood loss
Doors, Gates – passage into afterlife
Horseshoe – protection against evil
Lamp – knowledge, learning
Scales – judgment of dead
Scroll – symbol of life and time
Skull, skeleton – mortality, death
Winged skull – flight of soul from man

This list of tombstone symbols is compiled
from a variety of sources by Joyce B. Lohse.



From time to time, I will use this space to mention errors and oversights that have crept into my published work.

A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
— George Bernard Shaw


First Governor First Lady: John and Eliza Routt of Colorado

I was inspired by the lively conversation on this blog with Jeff Smith regarding his pioneer ancestor, Soapy Smith, to revisit my research about the Creede Uprising for my biography of John and Eliza Routt. Jeff had, in fact, uncovered a source which I overlooked, and which contains more facts and information about the episode. I have since located Rocky Mountain News articles, February 26-28, 1892, which collaborate many of Jeff’s impressions of the story. I am grateful for the added insight. Please read April 2010 blog entries regarding this topic for more information.


General William Palmer: Railroad Pioneer

True West magazine received a letter to the editor regarding my article, “General Palmer’s Baby Railroad”, in their March 2010 train issue. The reader was concerned that I mentioned General Palmer as recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor after the Civil War. In reality, Palmer received the Medal of Honor, a different award. The historic pedestal for Palmer’s award called it the Congressional Medal, as did its description at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, where they have wrestled with the proper title and description for year.

I gained more insight when a Medal of Honor appeared on public television’s Antiques Roadshow. According to their description, award lists were purged of non-combat recipients in 1917. This could explain Palmer’s status as well. Obviously, a fine but distinct line of differentiation exists between the two medals.

Wouldn’t you know, I was more concerned about correct railroad facts!

That’s it for now — Joyce

Joyce B. Lohse


Columbine Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 2074 – Centennial, CO  80161-2074

May 21, 2013

Notes from
“Tips for Trips for Program Presentations”
Panel including Joyce B. Lohse

NetBook or Laptop with PowerPoint presentation installed on desktop
Flash Drive with PowerPoint presentation installed for backup
Remote “clicker” to control slides – extra batteries
Power cord for computer
Extension cord – just in case!
Cell Phone, but turn it off!
Reading glasses

Books to sell – sign with pricing
Easels to display books, small bills and quarters for change
Cards or bookmarks to pass out to audience
Map to location (or GPS) and phone number of program director
Speech notes, bio, and visual aids
Tidy snacks and bottle of water
Comfort meds and power drink, just in case
Extra shirt and/or jacket for long trips
Notebook to collect addresses and information
Business cards
A good pen, and a spare pen
Gas up the car

Bring this list, a sense of humor, and be ready for anything!



3 responses to “Tips and Wisdom

  1. Susan Powell Miller

    May 29, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Recently joined WWW and found your site. Since I’m relatively new at research, I found your site interesting.

    • joyce4books

      May 29, 2009 at 7:57 am

      Hello Susan — Thank you for visiting my blog! I am about to post an ongoing list of ways to connect with history for research. More to come! — Joyce

  2. Deena Coutant

    May 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Joyce, Nice job with your panel presentation at Columbine today!


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