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Pat’s Walls Talk

Walls Talk

Pat Werner, Walls Talk, and Now You Know Bios.

Filter Press hosted a fabulous garden party last weekend to launch author Patricia Werner’s book, The Walls Talk: Historic House Museums of Colorado. The circumstances were unusual. A fine author and researcher, and a member of Women Writing the West, Pat passed away a couple of years ago following her struggle with cancer. Filter Press fulfilled their agreement to publish Pat’s book, which she struggled to finish during her final days. Much work was then required to update changing information. The result is a real treasure. The Walls Talk, a guide to 37 historic homes in Colorado, is a must-have title for all Colorado history enthusiasts.

Another interesting aspect of the garden party celebration was its location. It took place at the Molly Brown Summer House, a privately owned beautifully restored historic Denver home, which is listed in the book. A large tent on gorgeously landscaped grounds provided a comfortable setting for the celebration. The house is available for special events and was a perfect venue for the book event.

MBSH Porch

Porch at Molly Brown Summer House

Pat’s goal was to not only share information about the homes, but to share information about the people who lived in those homes, to bring them to life. By doing so, her memory lives on. For more information about the book, go to:

Joyce B. Lohse, 8/17/10


Posted by on August 17, 2010 in Western history, Writing Life


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Women in Western History

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Mrs. J.J. Brown from Denver Post, 10-28-1932.

This week in Colorado, Women’s History Month will be celebrated at an event called “Meet the Women in Denver’s History”. On Wednesday, March 24, 5-7 p.m., at Denver’s Molly Brown House Museum, docents will dress as historic characters while visitors enjoy an open house. I have the privilege of meeting and greeting patrons in the carriage house gift shop, and to sign copies of my biographies. Characters from my books who will be portrayed are Margaret Tobin Brown, Justina Ford, and Emily Griffith, and Augusta Tabor from an upcoming project. Debra Faulkner will also be signing her books about Emily Griffith and Mary Elitch Long. Hope to see Denver history buffs there!

To learn more about Women’s History Month, visit the National Women’s History Project at The focus of their project is writing women back into history. Also, visit the Women Writing the West blog for more observations about Women’s History Month. .

As stated on my web site, my mission is to preserve and share the stories of pioneers from Western history through books, articles and presentations. My objectives and endeavors are not gender specific. Many of my female characters enjoy strong and productive relationships with their significant others without which they would not be able to achieve the magnitude of their goals and aspirations. We often learn about women through the work of their partners, thus allowing them the opportunity to step forward for their own well deserved recognition. Teamwork often creates an inspiring dynamic and role for others to follow. Those who forge ahead as individuals are no less inspiring, and often exhibit astounding courage, strength and intelligence. We have so much to learn by letting all of their voices be heard.

Joyce Lohse – 3/22/10


Posted by on March 22, 2010 in Denver history, Western history


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In Like A Lion

Actually, the weather has taken a mild turn with the arrival of March. A road trip to the West Slope over the weekend was still mighty cold with a dusting of snow on the mountains, although a snowstorm threatened to block our way home over the Great Divide. Since then, a welcome whiff of spring has been riding in on the mountain breezes. Looks like winter might be winding down after all.

Book activities are roaring in like a lion. The March issue of True West magazine features my article, “General Palmer’s Baby Railroad”, about the arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande to the Rocky Mountain West. It is quite a thrill to have my piece featured in this nationally distributed publication. The magazine is great, and I’m honored that my work is part of the train issue.

Coming soon in Denver … on Wednesday, March 24, 5-7 p.m., I will have the pleasure of signing books at the Molly Brown House Museum, along with my colleague and friend, Debra Faulkner. The event is called “Meet the Women in Denver’s History”. The cost is $10, and it will be a great opportunity to visit the historic Molly Brown House Museum. Come by the gift shop and say Howdy!

In the meantime, work continues at a lively pace for Women Writing the West, and for my next book for “Now You Know Bios” for Filter Press. Library and internet searches are revealing many interesting pieces of history. A writer’s work is never done … and neither is the fun!

Joyce B. Lohse – 3/4/10


Posted by on March 4, 2010 in Denver history, Western history


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Titanic Revisited

This past week, we took advantage of a rare opportunity to visit “Titanic: Treasures from the Deep”, a traveling exhibit of artifacts presented by Country Financial. The weather was suitably chilly, which put us in the proper frame of mind to visit treasures from the shipwreck in the Atlantic where the steamship Titanic hit an iceberg and sank during her maiden voyage in 1912.

Part of the exhibit allowed us to be photographed in front of a backdrop of the Grand Stairway in the Titanic. Okay, the photo is a little cheesy. However, the gentleman who portrayed Captain Smith was outstanding and identical to the real captain of the Titanic, who had embarked on his last voyage before retirement. My hubby and I gladly stepped back in history, as long as we could safely step back into the present again.

Foremost on my mind was the story of Margaret Brown, later known to the world as Molly Brown, who survived the wreck in a lifeboat. As pivotal as this event was to her, there was so much more that made hers a full and interesting life. Mrs. Brown was the subject of my biography, “Unsinkable: The Molly Brown Story”. This exhibit was a modified version of one which I was able to visit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science last year. As was done previously, we were handed boarding passes with the names of actual passengers on the Titanic as we entered the display. At the end, lists of survivors were displayed. Fortunately, our names were among the living. However, this was an excellent interactive tool to bring the gravity of the tragedy to the forefront. Talk about an unsinkable experience!

“We are ALL passengers on the Titanic.”
— Jack Foster, Irish Philosopher

Joyce Lohse, 5/3/09
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about “Unsinkable: The Molly Brown Story”


Posted by on May 3, 2009 in Western history


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Spring Forward in Colorado

As we spring forward deep into March, daylight savings time looms. In spite of this change, with its annoying psychological adjustments, spring brings hope and optimism, and a full history calendar. The highlight of this spring has been the arrival of a small but mighty little baby named Cutler. All difficulties dim and recede with the arrival of a grandchild.

A birth of a different sort will take place next month with the publication of my next book, General William Palmer: Railroad Pioneer, a “Now You Know Bio” from Filter Press. This book will come on the heels of the Pikes Peak Library District’s symposium collection about William Palmer, to be introduced on March 13, with a chapter I wrote included in the text. “Women Out West” magazine is making a comeback with publication of its winter issue containing my piece about Molly Brown. Looks like a busy springtime in the Colorado publishing and history world.

My appearance and presentation schedule includes the following:
April 18 – Carbon Valley Library, Firestone, Author Open House and Presentation
April 19 – Englewood Public Library, Author Open House
April 21 – Columbine Genealogical & Historical Society presentation, “Lurking In Cemeteries: A Researcher’s Guide”
June 10 – Pikes Peak Genealogy Society, Penrose Library, Colorado Springs, “Family History: Truth & Mystery”

Joyce B. Lohse – 3/7/09

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Posted by on March 7, 2009 in Western history


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Red Hat Not Required

Red Hot Sundays for Red Hat Ladies
$20 ($13 members) includes program at 2 p.m., refreshments at 3 p.m. and admission to the Colorado History Museum.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
2 p.m. Red Hot Activism, Molly Brown Style
Molly Brown’s heroic deeds as a survivor of the Titanic disaster are well known. However, many people don’t know about the causes which commanded the attention and energy of the real Margaret Brown. Award-winning biographer Joyce Lohse will share details about this fascinating woman’s activism and philanthropy.
Reservations are needed: 303/866.4686.

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Posted by on January 12, 2009 in Denver history


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