SHERRY JOHNS - Celebrating : Yoga for All, Women's Voices, and Local History

My History Programs
     I have a variety of women's history presentations and one program about a local "western town" and its connection to an old mining town, that can be given to schools and community organizations, from third graders to Golden Ager's. Please contact me to schedule a program for your organization.                            
      "Every story is a journey."      

      My experience: I have been a presenter at the PUEBLO COMMUNITY COLLEGE Senior Mini-College - Fremont County Campus, for eight years. I have also presented at the Custer County Historical Society, Fremont County Historical Society, and the Old Colorado City Historical Society. I have spoken to the Shriners in Pueblo, Rotary in Florence and Canon City and numerous school classes over the years. Other venues where I've presented include Penrose Community Library and John C. Fremont Library as well as Pueblo Community College Fremont and Pueblo campuses. I have given programs at the Colorado Museum of Prisons and at the Florence Pioneer Museum.
      The time frame for each program is from forty-five minutes to one hour, with time allowed for Q & A afterwards. All my presentations are on PowerPoint, although I don't have a PowerPoint projector myself. Typically the group I'm speaking to provides the projector and screen. I bring artifacts and materials, display boards, and my books to sell.
      My program fees are $100 per program plus mileage. Please contact me if you are part of a non-profit organization and we can discuss fees.

Scroll down for information and photos about each program.

      Why do I talk about these fallen women? Because they deserve to have their dignity restored in some measure and because they are a largely overlooked part of our collective past. These women's stories have not yet all been told. Their stories are just as real and important as the cowboy stories, the soldier stories and the explorer stories - that's why I tell about the prostitutes. Plus I talk about historical prostitution from the Bible, ancient civilizations, and up to the Gold Rush and the settling of the West


"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."
Oscar Wilde

     Enjoy a historical glimpse of the female half of Fremont County, Colorado, from rowdy to respectful, winsome to wild, and suffragette to sinner. I've included numerous never-seen-before photos of local historical women in this program. I tell of their lives, families and accomplishments and what they contributed to Fremont County. 


"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

     For less than a year, 1846-47, the Mormon Battalion and the 'Mississippi Saints' built Mormontown on the banks of the Arkansas River, near present-day Pueblo, Colorado. They made homes, planted gardens, held dances and preached the gospel.
     While much has been written about the Mormon Battalion, little is known about the women who accompanied them. I researched these hardy women who signed on with the Army as laundresses and found their fortitude and courage astounding. My program weaves a fascinating account of the women of the Mormon Battalion and also details the 1997 Mormon Battalion Celebration in Pueblo.

"We all fit into the puzzle of the universe."

      I developed this program when I was asked to speak at the Colorado Museum of Prisons in Canon City, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Exhibit "BETWEEN FENCES." As I read and scanned the original logbook pages in the archives of the museum, I became convinced that these woman needed their stories to be told.
      Each logbook page contains valuable information about each Female Felon; her crime, length of prison stay, family, notes with any infractions while in prison, and most importantly, a tiny photo of each woman, which brings them to life. As I scanned the brittle pages I felt a spiritual connection to these often misunderstood women.
        My program focuses on a few of these women, whose ages varied from 16 - 56 and their crimes are just as varied.


These are my "Forgotten Female Felons" with the quilt I designed to go with the program.


"Take off your mask and be who you really are."

     "Pioneer Women of Beaver Creek" is all about women from my neck of the woods. Although I am not related to any of them, I feel they are my "sisters" as I've learned about their lives and families.  
      My program details the lives of 25 women who lived and dies on Beaver Creek, along with photos of these courageous women, their families and their tombstones. It parallels my book of the same name (see "My Books" page.) I also bring the "Pioneer Women of Beaver Creek" Quilt that has hung in several exhibits.


"Sharing our stories changes us into a community." 
Claudia Bushman

      I spent part of the summer of 2010 exploring the streets and buildings of Buckskin Joe - Western Town, which is a historical and educational tourist attraction in Fremont County, near the Royal Gorge. I asked the owner, Greg Tabiteau (now the previous owner) if I could photodocument EVERYTHING at Buckskin Joe.
He enthusiastically said YES.

           Richard Lane, photographer, and Vern Roberts, retired art teacher and native American potter, explored with me. We spent hours taking photos of every building and its contents, taking with employees and visitors, and scanning hundreds of documents on the walls of numerous buildings.

        Many western movies were also made at Buckskin Joe and we photo-documented all the memoribilia and posters in the Movie and the Museum Buildings.

     My historical program goes back in time to Buckskin Joe in the Alma / Fairplay area of Park County, where Joe Higginbotham, the original "Buckskin Joe" was a miner there. Almost a century later some of the buildings were moved to Fremont County along with other historical buildings from throughout the region, to become "BUCKSKIN JOE" the western town near Royal Gorge. 
"Happiness is another form of courage."
George Holbrook Jackson

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