“When I delve into the past, I combine a journalism degree, writing and research skills, and a passion for history, to share stories from the American West. My goal is to preserve information about historical people, places and events to share with readers through books, articles and essays.”
— Joyce B. Lohse

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  • Spencer Penrose: Builder and Benefactor
    Filter Press 2016, CIPA Silver EVVY Award – general reading audience. 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, Silver WILLA 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 Bios” 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
    “Now You Know Bios” 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
    “Now You Know Bios” 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.” Her groundbreaking educational model gained attention and was adopted by schools and teachers around the world.

  • Justina Ford: Medical Pioneer
    First biography in 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. She was highly regarded as a physician and humanitarian.

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

    Filter Press 2002 – CIPA Gold EVVY Award Winner – general reading audience.
    Learn 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 in 1973 is a fun account for Yellowstone buffs, based on memories and experiences of life as a Yellowstone Savage.

  • A Yellowstone Savage: Life In Nature's Wonderland by [Joyce B. Lohse, Carol McCloskey]A Yellowstone Savage: Life In Nature’s Wonderland
    On the 150th birthday of Yellowstone National Park, the 2022 updated ebook version of A Yellowstone Savage follows a group of 1973 park employees at Mammoth Hot Springs. Readers who love Yellowstone, and those who have worked there, are transported back in time to share the experience and adventure. Enjoy a glimpse of everyday life and challenges for people who live and work surrounded by America’s oldest and largest national park.
History Symposium Publications containing
thematic historical essays by Joyce B. Lohse:
Pikes Peak Library District’s Regional History Series
  • Bigwigs and Benefactors in the Pikes Peak Region, PPLD, 2017, “Spencer Penrose: Ventures, Vogue, and Vagary” by Joyce B. Lohse
  • Film and Photography on the Front Range, PPLD, 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, 2009, “Young Palmer Travels Abroad” by Joyce B. Lohse