Welcome to my website
Author and Historian
Publisher, Speaker and Teacher
I am passionate about local history and I am especially drawn to the history of women. I find immense delight in seeking out the forgotten people and places in history.
We each need a connection to the past to bring balance and peace to our lives. Writing stories from the past is my contribution to making my small corner of the world a better place.
I am committed to
my love of local history and women's history with everyone
within my sphere of influence. People are hungry for history and I
delight in helping young people especially, connect to the past.Discovering local history, writing stories,and helping others tell their stories is my contribution to making my small corner of the world a better place. Join
with me in seeking out your own local and family history. You will find yourself on a remarkable and rewarding journey.
story begins in the early 1980s when we moved to a small rural
community in southern Colorado. We bought a single-wide trailer on two
acres of land for our family of six children. We had visions of going
"back-to-the-land" after reading Mother Earth News for years.
Between tending the garden, the animals, and the children, I began
reading my way through the local libraries' shelves of local history.
After devouring the few books available on local history, I expanded my
search to regional, state, and southwest history.
I reveled in the adventures of the early explorers, and relished the
stories of the early pioneers. Over time, I realized that something was
missing - where were the stories of the women?
Years passed. I helped start the local library, canned thousands of
quarts of veggies, and gave birth to three more children. I went back to
college, and kept reading history books.
One of my assignments for an English class was to write a career paper.
My chosen career, at the time, was to be a History teacher. I randomly
emailed history professors at various universities, asking their advice.
Each one replied with positive encouragement, however, Mary Richards
from BYU wrote, "Find an area of history you are particularly interested in. Dig deep, become an expert in that part of history."
Mary's words sank deep into my heart. I knew what my calling should be.
Within weeks I had written a term paper for my US History class on the
early history of Penrose. The next month I gave a presentation for my
daughter's 2nd grade class on the same topic. The next year I gave a
class on Penrose History at the local community college's Senior
2006, I have researched, hiked, photographed, presented, and written
about my local history. I've met grateful descendants of the pioneers
who lived along Beaver Creek, who have shared their stories, photos, and
artifacts. I have been the happy recipient of boxes full of delightful
old family photos and cherished collections. My life has been enriched
by countless serendipitious phone calls, unexpected visits, and letters
filled with previously unknown stories.
As I've researched and written my books, I have come to know and love
the people I write about. Their lives have mostly been forgotten and
they want to be remembered, I am simply the conduit to pass on the
stories of their lives. We all stand on the shoulders of those who come
before us, and as such, we each have an obligation to make our small
corner of the world a better place for those who come after us.
Johns has lived in the Rocky Mountains for over forty years. She has
been a middle school librarian, musuem and local history exhibit
curator, substitute teacher, and health food store owner. She currently serves on
the Price Pioneer Museum Board
and is a member of Women Writing the West.
Sherry is currently an author and writer, historian, teacher and speaker. She lives
on Treehouse Farm with her husband Dale and
youngest daughter Emma. She
is the mother of nine extraordinary children and twenty-one remarkable