Colorado author Joyce B. Lohse combines a journalism degree with genealogy skills and a passion for American Western History to preserve and share stories about people, places and events from the past. Since 1974, she has explored Colorado and researched history Western West. Lohse can be found in libraries, museums, cemeteries, archives, and historical sites. Lately, she has been seen searching under rocks for new stories in Western Colorado.

Joyce Lohse’s published books have earned awards from the Colorado Authors’ League, Colorado Independent Publishers Association, Women Writing the West, and induction for her historical character, Eliza Routt, in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. Her all-ages books reference material from public records and rarely seen artifacts to share perspectives about historical people, places and events.

Biography subjects include Silver Queen Baby Doe Tabor, Railroad Builder General William Palmer, Unsinkable Margaret “Molly” Brown, Doctor Justina Ford, Educator Emily Griffith, Miner and Developer Spencer Penrose, Colorado’s First Governor and First Lady John and Eliza Routt, and others. News rticles and quotations provide deteails and context to the stories from the character’s perspective during their lifetime.

Author’s Affiliations
Colorado Authors’ League
Columbine Genealogical &
Historical Society (Lifetime)
Denver Woman’s Press Club
Mesa County Historical Society
Museums of Western Colorado
Western Writers of America
Women Writing the West
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20 Mile Coffee House, Parker · AAUW Colorado Springs · American Pen Woman, Colorado Springs · Arno Arts Club, Denver · Aurora Public Library · Barnes & Noble, Westminster · Bemis Public Library, Littleton · Black American West Museum, Denver · Book Mine Bookstore, Leadville · Read! Colorado, Invesco Field, Denver · Bookapalooza! Parker Public Library · Borders, Colorado Springs & Englewood · Boulder Genealogical Society · Broomfield Genealogical Society · Castle Rock Writers Conference · Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village · Chinook Book Shop, Colorado Springs · Colorado Genealogy Society, Denver · Colorado Ghost Town Club, Denver · Colorado History Museum, Denver · Colorado Association of Librarians Conferences (CAL), Keystone & Denver · “Colorado Matters” Radio Interview · Colorado Press Women, Lakewood · Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum · Colorado Women Flyfishers · Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Induction · Columbine Genealogical & Historical Society, Littleton · Columbine Rotary & Rotary Partners, Littleton · D.A.R. Denver, Arvada, Aurora · Denver Country Club · Denver Public Library, Schlessman Branch · Denver Woman’s Press Club · Englewood Public Library, Authors’ Open House · Erie Public Library · Estes Park Genealogical Society · Fairplay Burro Days · Filter Press Fall Book Harvest, Palmer Lake · Foothills Genealogical Society · Fort Collins Public Library · Fountain Public Library · Four Mile Historic Park Book Club · Friday Morning Breakfast Club, Denver· Georgetown Public Library · Greeley History Museum, Colorado Day · Healy House Museum, Leadville · Highlands Ranch Genealogy Society · Hooked On Books at Castle Rock Public Library · Colorado Chapter International Reading Association (CCIRA), Denver · JAX Author Open House, Fort Collins · Koelbel Public Library, Centennial · Larimer County Genealogy Society · Longmont Genealogy Society · Leadville Boom Days · Mayflower Society · Molly Brown House Museum, Denver · Molly Brown Summer House, Denver · P.E.O. Castle Rock & Fort Collins · Palmer Lake Historical Society · Parker Area Historical Society · Parker Days · Parker Genealogy Society · Parker Public Library · Pikes Peak Genealogical Society · Pikes Peak Library District History Symposia · Radio Interview on Alice 105.3, KQMT The Mountain 99.5, and KOSI 101.1 in Denver · Read! Colorado, Invesco Field at Mile High · Rotary of Colorado Springs InterQuest · Southglenn Public Library, Centennial · Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver & Highlands Ranch · Tread of the Pioneers Museum, Steamboat Springs · West Side Books, Denver · Westcliffe Historical & Genealogical Society · Western Writers of America Conferences: Cheyenne, Loveland · Women Writing the West Conferences: Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Worth, Kansas City, Redmond, Tucson, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Seattle, Walla Walla, Wickenburg, Los Angeles · Wyoming Book Festival, Cheyenne · and others.


Response to Programs

On behalf of all of us at the Denver Woman’s Press Club I cannot thank you enough for coming to speak to us on Saturday about Young Adult literature. The program was an absolute hit and I don’t think anyone wanted to leave … It was a highlight of our program year!

Vanessa Yohe
DWPC Programs Chair


Thank you for your excellent Justina Ford lecture today. We had about 90 people in attendance, many of whom came out to buy your book soon after you finished. Your talk went very smoothly and was well received. It is always a pleasure to work with a professional like you. We especially appreciated your well-placed humor.

Carol Kennis Lopez
Former Programs Coordinator
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum