Mar 10 2014
Pioneer Women Doctors of the Pikes Peak Region by Doris McCraw presented by Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners at Masonic Grand Lodge, Colorado Springs CO

Pioneer Women Doctors of the Pikes Peak Region by ...

Presented by Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners at Masonic Grand Lodge

In 1871, William Jackson Palmer and Dr. William Bell, a doctor from England, began developing Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Dr. Edwin Solly, also from England, moved to Manitou Springs, hoping the air would cure his tuberculosis. After regaining his health, Solly sang the praises of the region, which became a Mecca for health seekers.

Of the more than twenty doctors in the area in 1879, three were women. They were: Julia E. Loomis, Esther B. Holmes and Harriett Leonard.

In 1881, Colorado began licensing physicians, and as the area grew in population prior to 1900, many more women doctors arrived. Doris will discuss these early female doctors, who numbered far more than most know.

Doris McCraw, always intrigued by the stories of others, began performing at age 2 1/2. She shares her passion for history by writing and performing a one-woman show based on her family history. For the past 12 years, Doris has told stories of the Pikes Peak region and has presented twice at the Pikes Peak Library District History Symposium.

She is currently researching Helen (Hunt) and William S. Jackson and the pioneer doctors of the Pikes Peak Region. She performs as Helen Hunt Jackson and Katharine Lee Bates. Doris also served as newsletter editor for three years of the national organization, Women Writing the West.

Program format is in a casual, buffet style dinner setting at a cost of $16. Reservations are suggested by Friday prior, 10 a.m.

We welcome visitors who enjoy Western history!

Admission Info

Program format is in a casual, buffet style dinner setting at a cost of $16. Reservations are suggested by Friday prior, 10 a.m.

Email: posse@dewittenterprises.com

Dates & Times

2014/03/10 - 2014/03/10

Location Info

Masonic Grand Lodge

1150 Panorama Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80904