Regional History

Pease, Elaine

Pease, Elaine
Birth City: 
Boulder
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Boulder, CO
Occupation(s): 
Children's Author
Biography: 

Award-winning Children's Author, Elaine Pease, has three picture books, a middle grade novel GHOST OVER BOULDER CREEK, the journey of a half-Cheyenne boy as he searches for his white father with Buffalo Bill in 1860s Colorado, and her most recent: an easy reader chapter book based on the true heart-warming stories at Colorado Horse Rescue, SAFE AT LAST.

Awards/Honors: 
SAFE AT LAST: TRUE STORIES OF HORSE RESCUES. 2016 1st Place CIPA EVVY. A 2016 Denver Public Schools Libraries Recommendation
GHOST OVER BOULDER CREEK. 2015 Youth One Book, One Denver Finalist. 2011 1st Place CIPA EVVY Juvenile Fiction
Education/Training: 
SDSU B.S. Journalism
Organizations: 
RMSCSBWI - RMFW
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I've spoken about or conducted workshops on topics such as self-publishing vs. traditional publishing (having equal exposure to both in my career), researching and writing the historical mystery middle grade novel ("Dust to Dust Jackets" panel at Barnes & Noble), and writing and finding the right publisher for your picture book.

McCraw, Doris

Pseudonym: 
Angela Raines
Birth City: 
Carthage
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author
Biography: 

Doris McCraw,writing fiction as Angela Raines, is an Author, Speaker, Historian specializing in
Colorado and Women's History. Born and raised in West Central Illinois, she grew up on history. She likes to say it's in her DNA.

After moving to Colorado, Doris spent many a day traveling the state, soaking up the history.
She has presented at three of the Pikes Peak Library District's History Symposia. She writes non-fiction and poetry under her own name and historical fiction under her pen name. Doris as also worked as an actor along with teaching the subject. In her spare time she has taught music, speech and writing workshops.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes

Eiman, Ashley

Eiman, Ashley
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1986
Birth City: 
Janesville
Birth State: 
WI
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Editor and Copywriter
Biography: 

Ashley Eiman is a professional editor and writer living in Colorado. She loves Downton Abbey, country music, and all things Jane Austen.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in English, 2008, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Glen Eyrie - General Palmer and family

Anderson, John

Anderson, John
Current Location: 
El Paso County, Colorado
Occupation(s): 
Retired El Paso County sheriff - Historian and writer
Biography: 

John Wesley Anderson, El Paso County Sheriff 1995-2003 (retired) has lived in the Pikes Peak Region since 1956 and grew up in the shadow of Pikes Peak on a ranch in eastern El Paso County where he loved riding horses and collecting arrowheads. John enjoyed a thirty year law enforcement career, including twenty-two years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and two four year terms as Sheriff for El Paso County.

Much of John’s law enforcement experience was spent as a homicide detective and teaching criminal investigations and forensic science. He is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and earned an MBA from Regis University. After becoming term-limited as Sheriff, John retired from public service and was hired by Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defense contractors. John is recognized as an expert in Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), Homeland Defense, Homeland Security and Corporate Security. He had many assignments across the country and around world to include several trips to the Horn of Africa (Djibouti) and the United Arab Emeritus (Abu Dhabi and Dubai).

John retired from Lockheed Martin on Columbus Day (October 12th) 2012, to launch a consulting business, JW Anderson and Associates, Ltd. and pursue his passion for history, art and writing. John resides in Northern El Paso County, Colorado, with his wife Brenda, their daughter Laynie, a rescue cat named Jay Catsby and black lab named Mango Moose of Gleneagle. John is currently researching and writing several books, including a historical fiction novel and a science fiction novel.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region -- Ute Indian Prayer Trees are a unique variety of Culturally Modified Trees (CMT) that were skillfully cultivated by the Ute Indians throughout much of Colorado. The Ute began modifying trees for navigational, medicinal, nutritional, educational, burial or spiritual purposes, hundreds of years ago. Many Ute Prayer Trees can still be found today and some are believed to have been cultivated between 150-450 years ago. The Ute do not have a traditional migration story, so it remains somewhat of a mystery where they may have come from or when they arrived in what they know as the Shining Mountains, but according to the Ute oral history their Creation Story says they were placed here at the beginning of time by Senawahv, the Creator. The Ute Elders claim they were the original inhabitants of the Pikes Peak Region and have had a continuous presence for perhaps 14,000 years in what is today Colorado, with 2 Reservations still in existence in the Four Corners area (Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Reservations). Pikes Peak, a mountain known as Tava to the Ute, was the most sacred of all the Shining Mountains for their oral history teaches them that the Creator has the day start there first and each day is a gift from the Creator. The Ute like many other Native Americans, believe all things in life, including trees, have a spirit and many of the UPTs discovered in El Paso, Teller and Custer Counties, point towards Tava (Pikes Peak) and other sacred places of the Ute people.

Merry, Molly

Merry, Molly
Birth City: 
Lakewood
Birth State: 
OH
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retired Teacher/Principal
Biography: 

I grew up in Denver and had an astonishing career as an educator in Canon City, CO. I moved to Ivywild, Colorado Springs in 2012. This lively, expressive, charming, and historic neighborhood inspired our book. I worked with Linda Johnson, long time resident of Colorado Springs who was the owner of Ivywild Costumes from 1983-2015.

Awards/Honors: 
1995 - Colorado Teacher of the Year
1992 - Grant Recipient from the Colorado Dept. of Education, school designer and founder of the Canon Exploratory School
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts in Curriculum - Post Graduate work for School Administration - Certification from the William Glasser Institute in Choice Theory/Reality Therapy - Certification in Learning Styles/4Mat
Organizations: 
Ivywild Improvement Society - CONO (Council of Neighborhood Organizations)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Project Based Learning - Learning Styles - Choice Theory - Ivywild History
Local Authors Genres: 

Cunningham, Sharon

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Teacher and Historian
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts Degree, University of Northern Colorado - Bachelor of Arts Degree, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Organizations: 
El Paso County Medical Social Alliance
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Please email localauthors@ppld.org for contact information.
Local Authors Genres: 

Clibon, Esther

Clibon, Esther
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1921 (-2009)
Biography: 

Esther Clibon was a Colorado native, born in a sod house on her father's homestead in Eastern Colorado.

Her obituary which appeared in The Gazette is available with the following link: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=esther-e-clibon...

Speaker Availability: 
No

Stansfield, John

Current Location: 
Monument, CO
Occupation(s): 
Storyteller and writer
Biography: 

A resident of Colorado and a storyteller since 1970, John has told stories professionally since 1979. During that time he has performed for more than one million listeners (thankfully, not all at once) in a great variety of settings. John's programs of stories and a cappella ballads feature: Western History and Environment; Literature Aloud!; and, World Folklore, especially American lore. He reenacts the lives of national park pioneers Enos Mills and John Otto, as well as Charles Fox Gardiner, frontier physician.

A former classroom teacher, he is a specialist in storytelling in education, having taught storytelling and other courses at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In 1989, he founded the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival, now the Douglas County Libraries Storytelling Festival. He spends his spare time hiking, skiing, and working to protect Colorado's wild places.

Awards/Honors: 
Writers of the American West: Multicultural Learning Encounters (Teacher Ideas Press, 2002) earned a Colorado Authors' League Award and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award
For his conservation efforts, the Wilderness Society presented Stansfield an Environmental Heroes Award in 2004 and the John Wade Award from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Sierra Club in 2013
Education/Training: 
John graduated with a degree in English from Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia in 1970.
Organizations: 
Colorado Authors League - National Storytelling Network - Rocky Mountain Storytellers - Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition - Wild Connections
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing Like a Storyteller - Storytelling: the Tell-Tale Art - Historytelling - Developing a Living History Character

Blackburn, Alexander

Blackburn, Alexander
Birth City: 
Durham
Birth State: 
NC
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Novelist, literary critic, editor, university professor
Biography: 

Alex's mother came from an old family in Connecticut, the Cheneys, artists and silk manufacturers, and named him after his uncle, Dr. Alexander Lambert of New York, personal physician to President Theodore Roosevelt and one of the founders of Medicare. Alex's father, a Rhodes Scholar from South Carolina and professor of English at Duke University, mentored an entire generation of Southern writers, including William Styron, Ann Tyler and Reynolds Price.

After college, Alex volunteered as a private in the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War, and after that service began his own career as a teacher of literature and writing, with stints at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland's European division, and Oxford Polytechnic University.

From 1973 through 1995 he was Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

He lives in the city with his wife of 38 years, Inés, Chilean-born poet and Professor Emerita of Spanish Language and Literature and culture at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Awards/Honors: 
Finalist, 2011 Colorado Book Award, "Gifts from the Heart"
Finalist, 1996 Colorado Book Award, "Suddenly a Mortal Splendor"
Speaker Availability: 
No

Wiatrowski, Claude

Wiatrowski, Claude
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1946
Birth City: 
Chicago
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retired
Biography: 

Dr. Wiatrowski moved to the Pikes Peak area in 1975 and has spent the years since he relocated to Colorado photographing its historic sites and researching its rich history.

Awards/Honors: 
Dr. Wiatrowski's DVDs have won Telly and Teddy awards
Pikes Peak's Shadow was selected for the Library of Congress Local Legacies Program
Education/Training: 
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Arizona - Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Arizona - Bachelor of Science, Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology
Organizations: 
Colorado Midland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society - Railway and Locomotive Historical Society - Ute Pass Historical Society - Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - Friends of the East Broad Top - Nevada Northern Railway Museum - Colorado Railroad Museum - Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation - Lexington Group in Transportation History
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Discover Colorado's Railroads (introduction to Colorado's existing historic railroads and railroad historic sites; loosely based on the book Railroads of Colorado) - All Aboard for Pikes Peak (the history of the Manitou and Pike's Peak Railroad; based on the book All Aboard for America's Mountain - Behind Historic Colorado (this is a non-illustrated presentation about how the author explored Colorado's historic sites) - The First Narrow Gauge Railways (the original narrow gauge train ran in Wales, which General Palmer visited)
Local Authors Genres: 

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