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A Pioneer in Colorado’s Cultural History:



Barbara Sternberg discusses her book, Anne Evans – A Pioneer in Colorado’s Cultural History: The Things That Last When Gold Is Gone from Center for Colorado & the West



Congratulations to Barbara Sternberg and her Co-Authors for earning a 2012 IPPY Bronze Award in the Best Regional Non-Fiction Category for Anne Evans – A Pioneer in the Cultural Development of Colorado: THE THINGS THAT LAST WHEN GOLD IS GONE! The Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards) were conceived in 1986 … to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titled produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. There were 1,072 entries for 66 Awards in the Regional Book Award Categories. Visit www.IndependentPublisher.com for continuing Awards coverage & articles about all aspects of the growing independent publishing movement.

The history of Colorado’s cultural development comes to life through this story of Anne Evans. Her family background and her education enabled her to gain membership on a number of important boards and commissions, positions she used quietly and skillfully to develop the cultural institutions that transformed a raw western outpost into a viable modern city.

Anne Evans (1871-1941), was involved in the development of the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Public Library, the restoration of the Central City Opera House and the initiation of the Central City Summer Opera Festival. She contributed significantly to Mayor Robert Speer’s creation of Denver’s Civic Center. Anne Evans’ father was John Evans, Colorado’s second Territorial Governor, who founded the University of Denver – one of his many prodigious accomplishments. Anne Evans supported the development of Denver University’s art and theatre departments. She was also known for quietly helping many talented artists get the education and commissions they needed to succeed.

Anne Evans was one of a small Denver group who recognized that Native American art was worthy of being collected by connoisseurs and placed in art museums, on an equal level with the art of any other culture, Anne donated her own collections to the Denver Art Museum to establish its pioneer Native American Art Department.

Born to a position of privilege in the young city of Denver, Anne Evans was assured of a modest income and so able to devote herself to volunteer efforts for the causes about which she cared passionately. Never married, she lived out her life in the household of her older brother, William Evans, in what is now the Byers-Evans House Museum, a property of the History Colorado. She also had a great zest for the playful side of life. This she was able to indulge in summers on the spacious Evans Ranch in the mountains west of Denver. There she designed and built her own unique mountain home.

“Writing about Anne Evans has been a fine ten year excursion into Denver and Colorado history, especially its cultural development, and the major contributions of almost forgotten women. In some aspects, it has also been quite a detective story.” Barbara E. Sternberg, Author



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