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Colorful Coloradans Biographies

Biographies of important Coloradans featuring digitized sources from the Western History collection to provide young researchers with high quality, primary source material for their history projects. Ideal for 4th grade and up.

Tim Flores (1919 - 1988)

Influential labor leader, lobbyist and activist who fought for the rights of workers throughout Colorado. 

Mary Antoinette Perry-Frueauff (1888-1946)

Mary Antoinette was an actress, director, producer, humanitarian, and an activist, whose work on Broadway inspired the creation of the Tony Awards.


Magdalena Gallegos (1935 - 2021)

Magdalena Gallegos grew up in the neighborhood of Auraria and worked throughout her life to preserve the history and stories from that community.

Gerald "Jerry" Gerash (1934 - )

Jerry Gerash fought for the rights of gay people at a time when the police and local governments were fighting against them.

Lorraine Granado (1948 - 2019)

Lorraine Granado was a community organizer and activist who fought tirelessly to improve the lives of residents in Elyria-Swansea and Globeville. 

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". 

Laura Hershey (1962 - 2010)

Laura Hershey was a prolific author, poet and activist. She also fought for civil rights of people with disabilities and the gay community.

Victor Hornbein (1913 - 1995)

Victor Hornbein was one of Colorado's most famous modern architects. He created some of Colorado's most important buildings and is best remembered for designing the Conservatory at the Denver Botanic Gardens. 

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.   

Dr. Carl J. Johnson (1929-1988)

Dr. Carl Johnson was a Jefferson County health official who fought to expose the health impacts on citizens caused by radiation coming from the Rocky Flats plant.