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Colorful Coloradans: Biographies for Kids

Bill Hosokawa (1915 - 2007)

Author, Denver Post editor, and diplomat who worked to promote the rights of Japanese Americans and improve U.S./Japan relations after World War II.   

Burnis McCloud (1908 - 1990)

Photographer who created the largest visual record of Denver's African-American history, with photos of everything from daily events to visits by leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Emily Griffith (1868 -1947)

Emily Griffith founded the Opportunity School in Denver, a unique school which offers job training and education "For All Those Who Wish To Learn". 

Enos Mills (1870 - 1922)

Writer, speaker, and conservationist best known as "The Father of Rocky Mountain National Park." 

Eugene Field (1850 - 1895)

Poet, newspaper writer, and humorist whose poetry for and about children is still widely read today. 

George Bent (1843 - 1918)

Cheyenne-American interpreter and historian who often found himself caught between his mother's Cheyenne world and his father's white American world. 

Henry Lowenstein (1925 - 2014)

The "Father of Denver Theater," Henry Lowenstein survived the Holocaust to become one of Denver's most famous stage producers. 

Jane Silverstein Ries (1909 - 2005)

Denver's first female landscape architect, Jane Silverstein Ries, created gardens around the state that were easy to grow in Colorado's unique environment.

Lena Archuleta (1920 - 2011)

Denver's first Hispanic female school principal, Lena Archuleta was dedicated to improving life for all people, especially Hispanic Denverites. 

Polly Pry (1857 - 1938)

Adventurous newspaper writer, gossip columnist, and social activist who became one of the first women to run her own newspaper.