When I write historical nonfiction, I combine my background and passion for journalism, genealogy and history with research and writing. My goal is to preserve and share stories about pioneers and history, and preserve the past through books, articles and presentations.
— Joyce B. Lohse


Can be ordered from the publishers
or through your favorite local bookseller.

  • Spencer Penrose: Builder and Benefactor
    Filter Press 2016, CIPA Silver EVVY Award
    Spencer Penrose built a fortune through his work in the mining industry, then used his business sense to promote and develop the Pikes Peak Region. In addition to the Broadmoor Hotel, he built the Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain Highways, Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Manitou Incline, and other attractions, in addition to hospitals, schools, and libraries in the community. The Penrose Legacy continues to support Colorado through the El Pomar Foundation.
  • Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen
    Filter Press 2011 – CIPA Gold EVVY Award
    The story of the silver queen of Leadville, Colorado, who went from rags to riches, and back to rags again, and endured life in the mining camp and Denver with spunk and pioneering spirit. This is a historic story for a general audience.
  • General William Palmer: Railroad Pioneer
    “Now You Know Bio” YA series for readers of all ages
    Filter Press 2009 – CAL 2010 Top Hand Award Winner
    Palmer’s biography tells his story as a Civil War hero, founder of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, Colorado Springs and other Colorado cities and institutions.
  • Unsinkable: The Molly Brown Story
    YA “Now You Know Bio” series for readers of all ages
    Filter Press 2006 – CIPA Silver EVVY Award
    Mrs. Brown’s story cuts through the mystery and myth of her life to tell her real story, and of her account as survivor of the Titanic disaster and beyond as an activist and community leader.
  • Emily Griffith: Opportunity’s Teacher
    YA “Now You Know Bio” series for readers of all ages, Filter Press 2005
    Emily Griffith always wanted to teach school. With progressive ideas for a new type of education, she became founder of Opportunity School, a free school in Denver for all who wished to learn.
    She created a highly regarded international model for teaching.
  • Justina Ford: Medical Pioneer
    First biography in the YA series, “Now You Know Bios” for readers of all ages, Filter Press 2004 – CIPA Silver EVVY Award, WILLA Silver Award
    As the first African American female doctor in Colorado, Justina Ford overcame obstacles of race and gender to become the famous lady doctor of Denver, who delivered more than 7,000 babies during her career.
  • First Governor, First Lady:
    John and Eliza Routt of Colorado

    Filter Press 2002 – CIPA Gold EVVY Award Winner
    A general audience book about Colorado’s history through the story of its first governor and original first lady, this amazing couple were public servants
    for a quarter of a century while ushering Colorado into statehood and striking it rich with their Leadville silver mine.
  • A Yellowstone Savage: Life In Nature’s Wonderland
    J.D. Charles Publishing 1988
    A fictionalized memoir of living and working in the nation’s oldest and largest national park in 1973. This is a fun account for Yellowstone buffs, and memories for those who experienced life as a Yellowstone Savage.
  • A Yellowstone Savage: Life In Nature’s Wonderland
    J.D. Charles Publishing 2013 – Ebook 25th Anniversary edition is an updated republished
    version of Joyce Lohse’s 1988 book.


Joyce B. Lohse’s writing is also featured in
Pikes Peak Library District Regional History Series

  • Bigwigs and Benefactors in the Pikes Peak Region, PPLD, Spring 2017, “Spencer Penrose:
    Ventures, Vogue, and Vagary” by Joyce B. Lohse
  • Film and Photography on the Front Range, PPLD, Spring 2012,
    “Artists’ Glen: A Tale of Two Photographers” by Joyce B. Lohse
  • Doctors, Disease and Dieing in the Pikes Peak Region, PPLD, 2012,
    “Justina Ford: Medical Pioneer” by Joyce B. Lohse
  • Legends, Labors, and Loves: William Jackson Palmer, 1836-1907,
    PPLD, Spring 2009, “Young Palmer Travels Abroad” by Joyce B. Lohse