Office: Student Commons Building, Room 3120
CU Denver History Department
Campus Box 182
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
1201 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80204
I study the American West and the United States in the context of gender, ethnicity, race and community. I am also the museum studies expert on our Public History faculty team.
B.A. Elementary Education, University of Wyoming, 1974
Master of Liberal Studies; Museum Emphasis, University of Oklahoma, 1987. (Thesis: The Gully-Delaney Site: A Sense of Place.)
Ph.D. University of Colorado, 1999. (Dissertation: Urban Pioneers: Continuity and Change in the Ethnic Communities of Two Denver Neighborhoods, 1870-1998)
I am a historian who interprets the history of America and the West within the context of community institutions, such as colleges and museums, which have a strong mandate to their audiences. I am committed to student learning and the integration of the academy and community in the learning process. I work best in a team setting, sharing ideas and responsibility with other professionals. My four books reflect my interest in social history in its many facets.
"Denver's Pioneer Medical Community: 1859-1900"
Denver Inside and Out
2012 Natrona County: People Place and Time, Donning Press, 2011.
Wyoming Medical Center: A Centennial History, Donning Press, 2011.
A Woman to Match a Mountain, documentary produced by Karen Snyder. I was the consulting historian, 2008.
The Presbyterian/St. Luke's Experience, consulting historian, 2006.
"Healers on the Hill" and "Swedish Medical Center" in Colorado Heritage, Summer: 2005.
A Century of Healing: The History of Swedish Medical Center, with Sandy Durkin, 2005.
Bibliographic essay on the history of women's suffrage, co-authored with Marcia Goldstein
Colorado Historical Society, Spring, 1993.
U.S. Survey I
Immigration and Ethnicity
History in Museums
Women in the West
Introduction to Public History
History of the American West
Paths to the Present; Museum Interpretation
Material Culture Management
History of Denver
U.S. Women’s History
History of Feminism and Women’s Rights
U.S. Survey II
American Civilization: Race and Ethnicity in America
Twentieth Century Colorado
American Indians in U.S. History