Latest News – September 25
Homecoming Weekend Brings First Snow To Leadville
If you’ve lived around these parts for any length of time, you’ll know that once September shows up the weather can be a real-life, unpredictable Wild West Show.
And this weekend, it proved to be just that as Mother Nature gave Old Man Winter a free pass to simply march right into town rather than approaching in his slower, more measured manner.
While most accounts of the white stuff barely measured an inch, it still counts as the first official snow in town!
It was also Homecoming Weekend for Lake County High School, but these students didn’t let a little snow dampen their Panther Pride! While the snow held off to allow the Classes of 2017-2020 take their annual march down historic Harrison Avenue, the student athletes weren’t so lucky!. Temperatures hovered around freezing during the 7 p.m. kick-off and eventually the snow moved in. But the Homecoming Game went on and the Panthers crushed Dolores Huerta Prep by a score of 56-0, according to the MaxPreps website. Go Panthers!
Authors Keep Tabors’ Story Alive in Literature
This Wednesday, Sept. 28 the Friends of the Lake County Public Library (LCPL) will host a Leadville Authors event from 6:30 -8 p.m. Join award-winning historical novelist Donna Baier Stein with fellow author Ann Parker for an evening of readings and discussion! Stein’s reent release earlier this month of The Silver Baron’s Wife (Serving House Books) masterfully resurrects the scandalous, unusual true story of Colorado’s infamous Lizzie Tabor, aka Baby Doe.
Readers will immediately get swept up in this unique novel of Colorado history: the book is a fictional re-creation of Baby Doe’s life but it’s also carefully researched, compelling, and beautifully written, which may be one of the reasons the novel received the PEN/New England Discover Award for fiction prior to release!
The Silver Baron’s Wife is the true story of a fiercely independent woman who rose above every social and gender expectation, and became a key figure in the West’s most scandalous love triangle. In the 1870s, Lizzie Tabor notoriously defied convention.
While most locals are intimately familiar with the Tabor saga, literally living in the places where these tales of rags to riches took place, the story is still just as engaging to readers today.
According to the publishers press release: When her first husband failed as a provider, Baby Doe descended into the mines herself. When she caught her husband in a brothel, she divorced him. And when she captured the attention of Horace Tabor, a silver baron 30 years her senior, she married him after he left he left his wife amid huge scandal–officially branding Lizzie one of the wealthiest women in America, and an outcast in high society. When the couple lost everything with the repeal of the Sherman Silver Act, Lizzie stayed by Horace’s side until his death, moving to a one-room shack at the Matchless Mine where she lived the rest of her life in mysterious isolation, writing down thousands of dreams and spiritual visitations.
Stein is a three-time Pushcart nominee and author of Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Award Finalist and 2015 IndieBook Awards Finalist) and Sometimes You Sense the Difference (poetry chapbook). She is the recipient of a Johns Hopkins University MFA Fellowship, Allen E. Ginsberg Poetry Prize, grants from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and Poetry Society of Virginia, and more.
Wednesday will provide literary lovers with a double hitter as Ann Parker will join Stein for the evening’s presentation. Parker’s award-winning Silver Rush mystery series features saloon-owner Inez Stannert in the 1880s silver boomtown of Leadville, Colo. The series includes Silver Lies, Iron Ties, Leaden Skies, and Mercury’s Rise. Parker herself as ancestral ties to The Cloud City, including a Leadville blacksmith, a Colorado School of Mines professor, and a gandy dancer.
The Lake County Public Library is located at 1115 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461.
LCPL and Friends of the Lake County Public Library are always seeking volunteer support for these events. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call LCPL at (719)486-0569, or visit their Facebook page.