When author Joyce Lohse found out that one of her ancestors was the original First Lady of Colorado, she wanted to learn more.
When author Joyce Lohse found out that one of her ancestors was the original First Lady of Colorado, she wanted to learn more. She searched for a biography on her ancestor and was surprised to find out that no such biography existed. So Lohse wrote one her herself and got it published by Filter Press.
Filter Press publishes many nonfiction and historical fiction texts that focus mainly on historical figures from Colorado. Many of the biographies they publish are written about not-so -famous famous people. In other words, they are on people who have helped shape Colorado’s history, but aren’t as well-known as other historical figures. The list of biographies includes some familiar names, such as Molly Brown, but also includes unfamiliar names like Katherine Lee Bates and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzalez.
One series of bios they publish is the “Great Lives in Colorado History” series. The 33 books were a joint project between Denver Public Schools and Colorado Humanities, a group that highlights the culture and heritage that makes Colorado great. The books are written for elementary school students and have both English and Spanish translations. These books give children access to diverse historical figures who helped shape our history.
In addition to the biographies, there is also a series of historical fiction. The historical fiction takes a different approach to learning history. Filter Press Owner, Tom Baker, believes that, “the best way to learn history is through a good story. ” The thing that makes these historical fiction books a good learning tool is the section at the back of every book where the author explains what he made up and what is historically accurate.
Filter Press gives Coloradans the opportunity to learn about the state’s unique history through biographies that detail the lives of important historical figures in Colorado history.