Holiday Reads With A Leadville Twist
Do you have an avid reader on your Christmas list? Or maybe picked a Leadville history lover for your Kwanzaa gift exchange at the office? Or does your Hanukah-celebrating neighbor love a good haiku? Then you’re in luck with this special post covering Holiday Reads with a Leadville Twist!
“Leadville: Then and Now” by Kathleen Fitzsimmons
To stand in the exact location as your grandparent is no small experience. To capture the scene with a photograph, in one of Colorado’s most historic cities, leaves an even deeper impression.
Using her grandfather’s wonderfully preserved, 100 -year old photographs, Kathleen Fitzsimmons has re-created historic photographs with their modern partners. The collection is now available in Leadville’s newest book Leadville: Then and Now, which contains side-by-side photographs illustrating the constancy and change of our area over the past century. Charlie Fitzsimmons was born the fifth of seven children in 1894 in Leadville, Colorado. His first photos were taken in 1910 on a Kodak “Brownie.” These images portray a young man’s a sense of wonder at the mining town around him. The Leadville of Charlie’s youth was filled with newly constructed buildings, mining booms, and famous characters. Though he left high school at the age of 17 to work for mine financier A.V. Hunter, he spent most of his career as the Postmaster of Lake County, Colorado. He was also the Leadville photographer for The Denver Post. He captured a sense of ” history in the making” through his lifetime of correspondence and collections.
The historic (black and white) photographs were taken between 1910 and 1920, spanning Charlie’s growth into manhood. He developed them in his own dark room. The color photographs were taken between 2014 and 2016. Kathleen, who works for the Lake County School District, earned a Master’s Degree in Mining History, as Leadville is one of her passions. Following inspiration from John Fielder and his work with William Henry Jackson’s historic photos, Kathleen has started to re-create her grandfather’s historic photos, which number in the hundreds.
The paperback book is for sale for $25 at The Rock Hut (706 Harrison) and La Resistance (313 Harrison), The Book Mine (522 Harrison) or contact Fitzsimmons directly at (719) 486-1754. A book signing will be held at La Resistance on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For those who love Leadville and its history, this book is sure to be a great addition to any collection.
Hai CLASS ku by Laurel McHargue
If the upcoming holiday school-break has you wondering how you are going to keep your kids engaged and learning, here’s a great idea from a former Lake County educator.
Former Leadville teacher and author Laurel McHargue understands bell-to-bell instruction. During her teaching years, she was always on the lookout for easy classroom warm-ups, unique full class assignments, short homework assignments, and easy-to-implement substitute/guest teacher lessons.
She created Hai CLASS ku for today’s teachers and added an incentive: a chance for students to see their work published in an anthology by December 2017.
Earlier this month, McHargue visited with the middle school students at Greater Heights Academy in Leadville where she taught a special Haiku poems class. The students also enjoyed participating in a Haiku competition.
Here’s Mrs.McHargue to explain the details:
“Running to Leadville” By Brian Burk
Just as Leadville Today was putting together this special Holiday Reads with a Leadville Twist list, LT100 Runner Brian Burk’s new book “Running to Leadville,” arrived in the mail. So, while we haven’t had a chance to read it, we’ll share some online reviews from Amazon.com where readers can also purchase the book for their favorite LT100 racer!
“Running to Leadville,” is a story that captures the connection between life, love, loss and the battles within. The story also tells the tale of running away from your past and everything you’ve ever known to find yourself and your future.
“Running to Leadville” centers around a character, a fictional High School runner, who perhaps as a result of his parents’ divorce and an absent father just doesn’t fit in. Then one day during English class he meets a girl. This girl and their growing relationship help him for the first time discover who he is, uncovers his love of long distance running and exposes a hidden talent.
The years after high school re-shape his life in ways he never thought possible nor could have ever seen coming. During a long training run, his life and his future plans take a detour as a result of a violent and terrible twist of fate.
“Running to Leadville” is also a tale about the rigors of the ultra-endurance world. Set on the stage of one of America’s toughest Ultra-Marathons, the Leadville Trail 100. This race is known affectionately as, the race across the sky, introduces the reader to extreme adventure running. Set within the high altitude terrain of the Colorado Rockies the Leadville Trail 100 is not for the weak. This story promises to take the readers to the highest peak of Hope Pass and the lowest of lows as doubting yourself emotionally and your ability to physically take the very next step.
Mostly, “Running to Leadville” is a story about running the race of your life, overcoming and finding the true YOU who may have been hiding all along. Running to Leadville is about taking back your life.