Michelle Barone
Cynthia Becker
Daniel Blegen
Liz Duckworth
Debra Faulkner
Mary Peace Finley
Lydia Griffin
Gail E. Haley
Joyce B. Lohse
Charlie Mac
Nancy Oswald
Sarah B. Rickman
John Stansfield
Steve Walsh
Dorothy Yoder

          Great Lives in Colorado History

        Pesonajes Importantes de la historia
                          de Colorado

Great Lives in Colorado History brings the stories of Colorado heroes to elementary learners. The series was launched in 2011 with publication of thirteen biographies. In 2013, the lives of twenty more notable Coloradans were added. 

The biographical series is a project of the Denver Public Schools, Colorado Humanities, and Filter Press. A portion of the purchase price of each book is returned to Denver Public Schools and Colorado Humanities.
  • Books are designed for use in third and fourth grade classrooms.
  • Each book contains the full text in both English and Spanish.
  • Glossary, Timeline, Index, and Bibliography are included.
  • Each biography has "Questions to Think About" for the student.
  • Each is illustrated with period photographs.
  • Books in the series are written by educators in Denver Public Schools.
  • Each title is reasonably priced at $8.95, and discounts are available for purchase of sets of all titles or classroom sets of any one title.
The design of each book features two "front" covers - one English, one Spanish. To read in either language, a reader flips the book over and upside down. 

The two versions of the cover for entrepreneur and philanthropist Charles Boettcher: Colorado Businessman (or Charles Boettcher: Empresario de Colorado) are shown here.


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Cover of the English version.
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The first thirteen Great Lives in Colorado History, published in 2011, are:

Helen Hunt Jackson: Colorado's Literary Lady (La dama de las letras de Colorado)
Doc Susie: Mountain Doctor (Doctora de la montaña)
Little Raven: Chief of the Southern Arapaho (Jefe de los Arapahoe del Sur)
Barney Ford: Pioneer Businessman (Empresario pionero)
Ralph Carr: Defender of Japanese Americans (Defensor de los japoneses-americanos)William Bent: Frontiersman (Hombre fronterizo)
Charles Boettcher: Colorado Businessman
Josephine Aspinwall Roche: Humanitarian (Filántropa)
Robert Speer: Denver's Building Mayor (El alcalde constructor de Denver)
Chief Ouray: Ute Chief and Man of Peace (Jefe yuta y hombre de paz)
Enos Mills: Rocky Mountain Conservationist (Un ecologista de las Montañas Rocosas
Zebulon Pike: Explorer and Military Officer (Explorador y oficial militar)
Clara Brown: African-American Pioneer (Pionera afroamericana)

The twenty titles added in 2013 are:

Katherine Lee Bates: Author of "America the Beautiful" (Autora del Poema America the Beautiful)
Francis Wisebart JacobsDenver's Mother of Charities (La Madre de las Organizaciones Benéficas de Denver)
Chin Lin Sou: Chinese-American Leader (Un Líder Chinoestadounidense)
Elbridge Gerry: The Paul Revere of Colorado (El Paul Revere de Colorado)
Emily Griffith: Opportunity for All (Oportunidades Para Todos)
Bill Hosokawa: Journalist (Periodista)
Fannie Mae Duncan: Entrpreneur (Empresaria)
Justina Ford: Baby Doctor (Médico de bebés)
Felipe and Dolores Baca: Hispanic Pioneers (Pioneros hispanos)
Augusta Tabor: Enterprising Pioneer (Una Pionera emprendedora)
Benjamin Lindsey: Father of the Juvenile Courts (Fundador de los Tribunales de Menores)
Otto Mears: Pathfinder of the San Juan Mountains (El Precursor de las Carreteras de las Montaòas de San Juan)
Hazel Schmoll: Colorado Botanist (Botánica de Colorado)
John Dyer: Snowshoe Preacher (El Predicador de las Raquetas de Nieve)
John Routt: Colorado's First Governor (El Primer Gobernador de Colorado)
John Wesley Powell: American Hero (Héroe de los Estados Unidos)
Florence Sabin: Scientist and Teacher (Científica y Profesora)
Richard Russell: City Leader (Líder de Cuidad)
Kate Slaughterback: Legendary Rattlesnake Kate (La Legendaria Serpiente de Cascabel)
Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales: Chicano Activist (Activista Chicano)

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