Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month at Pikes Peak Library District!


Special Event

Colorado Women In World War II: A Presentation By Author Gail Beaton
Thu., March 18, 6 p.m.
Four months before the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Mildred McClellan Melville, a member of the Denver Woman's Press Club, predicted that war would come for the United States and that its long arm would reach into the lives of all Americans. And reach it did. Colorado women from every corner of the state enlisted in the military, joined the workforce, and volunteered on the home front. As military women, they served as nurses and in hundreds of noncombat positions. In defense plants they riveted steel, made bullets, inspected bombs, operated cranes, and stored projectiles. They hosted USO canteens, nursed in civilian hospitals, donated blood, drove Red Cross vehicles, and led scrap drives; and they processed hundreds of thousands of forms and reports. Whether or not they worked outside the home, they wholeheartedly participated in a kaleidoscope of activities to support the war effort.

Join author Gail Beaton as she presents Colorado Women in World War II. Gail Beaton is a historian, author, retired teacher, Chautauqua presenter, and volunteer member of the Advisory Council, Center for Colorado Women's History at the Byers-Evans House Museum. Her first book, Colorado Women: A History, was a finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Awards and for the 2013WILLA Award from Women Writing the West. Registration is required. The program will be presented in a virtual environment using the Zoom format; registrants will be emailed an access link prior to the start of the program.


Resources

  • Gale Biography in Context
    Search this database for biographical information on current and historical figures!
  • OverDrive Booklist
  • Girl Power Children's Reading List
  • Kanopy
  • Hoopla
  • Hoopla Kids
  • League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region
    Records of the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region, a non-partisan organization established, as part of the National League of Women Voters, to ‘promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.’ Materials in this collection document the activities of the Colorado Springs area League from its inception in 1938 through the 1990s and include correspondence, annual reports, meeting minutes, subject (research) files, newsletters, publications, scrapbooks, ephemera and audio and video tapes.
  • The Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area
    The Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area was established in 1949 with the purpose of advancing the status of women and serving the community. Business and financial documents, events, printed material, awards, scrapbooks, and photographs comprise the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area Records, 1949 - 2012.
  • The Junior League of Colorado Springs
    The Junior League of Colorado Springs Records documents the programs created and/or maintained by the women's organization from 1924 to 2007 through 16 cubic feet of case files, annual reports, minutes, yearbooks, publications, financial documentation, legal documentation, scrapbooks, ephemera, clippings, electronic media, and artifacts. Programs of the Junior League of Colorado Springs started with the Nutrition Camp in 1924 and continued throughout the 21st century to focus on children, women, teens, adults, elderly and those with disabilities, appealing to a wide segment of the Colorado Springs community.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, Kinnikinnik Chapter (Colorado Springs)
    The records of the Kinnikinnik Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a national patriotic women's organization whose members trace their ancestors to Patriots in the American Revolution, include Artifacts and Printed Material, Scrapbooks, Yearbooks, and Business and Financial Documents. The Kinnikinnik Chapter was established in Colorado Springs in 1914.
  • Extraordinary Women of the Rocky Mountain West by Tim Blevins et al.
    Contains papers presented at the fourth annual Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium held June 9, 2007 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Profiles a number of prominent and exceptional women throughout the history of the Rocky Mountain West and highlights the political, cultural, economic and social conditions which these women helped to shape.