When I write historical nonfiction, I combine a background and passion for journalism, genealogy and history with research and writing. My goal is to preserve and share stories about people and places from the past, and to share those stories through books, articles and programs.
— Joyce B. Lohse

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  • Spencer Penrose: Builder and Benefactor
    Filter Press 2016, CIPA Silver EVVY Award
    Spencer Penrose built a fortune in the mining industry, then used his business skills to promote and develop many services and attractions throughout the Pikes Peak Region. The Penrose Legacy continues through the El Pomar Foundation.

  • Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen
    Filter Press 2011 – CIPA Gold EVVY Award – general reading audience. As the Silver Queen of Leadville, Colorado, Baby Doe Tabor went from rags to riches, and back to rags again. She faced life in the mining camps and early Denver with pioneering spunk and spirit.

  • 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 reveals details about her colorful life as an activist and community leader, and accounts in her words as a survivor of the tragic sinking of the Titanic.

  • 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 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.

  • First Governor, First Lady:
    John and Eliza Routt of Colorado

    Filter Press 2002 – CIPA Gold EVVY Award Winner
    This is a general audience book about Colorado’s history through the story of its first governor and original first lady. The Routts worked as public servants for a quarter of a century, ushering Colorado into statehood, striking it rich with their silver mine, and supporting woman’s suffrage.

  • A Yellowstone Savage: Life In Nature’s Wonderland
    J.D. Charles Publishing 1988
    This fictionalized memoir of living and working in America’s oldest and largest national park is a fun account for Yellowstone buffs, based on memories and experiences of life as a Yellowstone Savage.


Joyce B. Lohse’s writing is featured in
Pikes Peak Library District’s 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