A Woman’s Life in Golden: 1902–1980

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A Woman’s Life in Golden: 1902–1980
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A Woman’s Life in Golden: 1902–1980
Ordway, Kathryn
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Denver, CO
Center for Colorado and the West
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A Womans Life in Golden: 1902 | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/8/2015 11:17:43 AM] Home A Womans Life in Golden: 1902A Womans Life in Golden: 1902Submitted by nwharton on 10-2-2011 08:42 PMAuthor: Lorraine Wagenbach Publishing: Golden, CO: Golden History Museums, 2010. 64 pages. 9 x 6. paperback. Reviewer: Kathryn Ordway A Womans Life in Golden was originally published in 1980. Reprinted in 2010, the book is a collection of essays written by members of the all-female Delphian Study Club. The essays are organized in the order in which their authors arrived in Golden, Colorado. Each woman gives the reader an insight into life in the community, a once small community that has grown into a bustling town and tourist destination for many throughout the world. The reader is given an intimate look into the lives of twenty-seven women who lived and loved during the twentieth century. This is the story of ordinary women who lived in an extraordinary time (4). Those who were privileged enough to have been born in Golden talk about their earliest childhood recollections. Descriptions of geographic places pepper all of the essays and give readers who are familiar with the area an exact idea of where many of the events described took place. The layout of historic Golden comes vividly alive. Although many of those landmarks sadly have disappeared, the street addresses and intersections are still there. This collection gives readers a snapshot of life in the twentieth century. Many of the authors make reference to those living in the mining camps surrounding the Golden area. Their stories illustrate how important mining was to the economics and cultural setting of the town. Others describe the students at the Colorado School of Mines. The reader is able to track the shifting demographics of this community through World War I, World War II, and into the 1970s. Many of these women were either the wives of School of Mines students, had them in their homes as borders, or lived across the streets from the fraternity houses of the school. Some of the more amusing stories refer to the antics of the Mines students. One of the more touching aspects of the book is its description of family life. Every member of the Delphian Study Club has something to say about her family. Discussions about medical remedies, school districts, and childhood mishaps appear throughout the collection. The gradual development of what would become Jefferson County Public Schools is outlined. Those who were born in Golden tell of their adventures attending the local schools. Other authors detail their careers as teachers or the adventures of their offspring in the R-1 district. Not all of these authors were housewives. Many in the Delphian club worked outside the homesome for Coors, others for companies or businesses in Denver, often taking public transportation to get there. A modern reader can easily track the progress of Colorado through the stories of these women. The book EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanKatherine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics of America the Beautiful after an awe-inspiring trip to the top of Pikes Peak in 1893.


A Womans Life in Golden: 1902 | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/8/2015 11:17:43 AM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us is a great read for one who wants to glimpse into the past and understand the trials and tribulations of women carving out a life on the edge of the mountains. The fact that it provides a rare womans perspective makes this book a must read for Colorado history, although an index would have made it a more accessible resource for those working in Colorado history. Nevertheless, anyone looking for information about daily life along the Front Range can find it here. Reviewer Info: Kathryn Ordway is an adjunct professor at a few of the local community colleges in the Denver area. Ordway is the author of Colorados Rodeo Roots to Modern Day Cowboys and a member of the Jefferson County Historic Commission. Currently, she is editor of the yearly magazine Historically Jeffco Add new comment