Reflections Shines for a Second Year
An eclectic mix of history, politics, science and culture made this year's Reflections book-and-author event memorable; a delicious luncheon in the delightful setting of Mount Vernon Country Club ensured that a good time was had by all.
This year's presenters were four local authors, each with a unique story to tell. Jan Murphy started the day off by sharing fascinating stories from her book, Mysteries and Legends of Colorado. She brought history home as she talked about the settlers, soldiers, Indians and outlaws who roamed the hills seen from the country club's Aspen Room.
Roger Baker's talk about his book, Clara: An Ex-Slave in Gold Rush Colorado added to the day's appreciation of our rich history. As the question-and-answer period opened up, things got even more interesting as Baker, County Manager for Gilpin county, shared his insights into local political hot topics.
Nancy Larner charmed us with her children's book, A Mouse in the Rabbi's Study, and the creative way it presents and explains the Jewish Holidays. She also shared her saga of self-publishing, reconfirming to us all that this book is indeed a labor of love.
Mark Eberhart closed out the program with his book, Why Things Break: Understanding the World By the Way It Comes Apart. A professor at the School of Mines, Eberhart has the wonderful ability to help us understand how a subject as seemingly obtuse as materials science impacts our world and our history (think Titanic).
Jeannie Collopy-Bach recruited Eberhart for this year's program. "We are very fortunate," she rightly observes, "to have talented regional authors who can exhibit such enthusiasm while sharing with us their writing and research experiences."
Mike Strunk was a presenter at last year's inaugural Reflections event. As an attendee this year, he was happy to pass along these thoughts. "It was an outstanding event and should definitely be repeated. The authors were informative and entertaining - funny even! The food was great, the venue terrific. While we history types learned a lot about history, some of the presentations were about things that should be of interest to everyone, not just historians."
Mike also shared a well-deserved comment about the person who made the day possible: "Hats off to Diane Fuchs for the idea of Reflections and for working so hard to put together this excellent program for the past two years." Well said. JCHS also thanks Nancy Larner and Jan Murphy for generously contributing to JCHS a portion of the proceeds from the day's sales of their books.
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