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Honoring Jacilyn Spuhler: Nimon-Walker 2019

Jacilyn Spuhler to be honored at the 19th Annual Nimon-Walker Award

First, let's get those details to you: 
 
What: The 19th Annual Nimon-Walker Award honoring Jacilyn Spuhler
Where: Avon Public Library, 200 Benchmark Road, Avon, Colorado
When: Sunday, April 28th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Special presentation by Kathy Naples, a Grand County librarian and Doc Susie performer

 

Jaci Spuhler headshotHonoring Jaci Spuhler

One cannot begin to talk about the work done in preserving this county's history without mentioning Jaci Spuhler. Employed as the first Local History Librarian for the Eagle Valley Library District from 2006 until her retirement in 2015, Jaci oversaw development of the Local History Department. Under her leadership, the department grew to encompass an extensive collection of manuscripts, history files, and thousands of photographs. These photographs would eventually be added to the Library's Digital Archive thanks to Jaci's leadership.

During her time at the Library, Jaci utilized her talents in other ways too. Every February, she led a Russian book club. At the end of the month, a little party would be held with a "celebratory zakuski (hors d'hoeuvres)." In Jaci's own words, reading a Russian book in February, often seen as the gloomiest month of the year, was perfect. "It's cold, it's dark, it's depressing — what more could you want than a Russian writer? Our lives never feel as bad after reading a Russian novel." What surprised her about this yearly tradition was that "People just keep coming back. You would think they would be really depressed by now."

Even in retirement, Jaci continues to lend her talents by volunteering for the Eagle County Historical Society. In this capacity, she has undertaken many projects which have benefited the important work done by the Historical Society.

Kathy Naples headshotWith a Special Performance by Kathy Naples

Descended from Colorado pioneers, Kathy Naples currently serves as the Media Director & Literacy Intervention Librarian for the East Grand School District, in Granby, Colorado. She has always had an interest in the fascinating lives led by women and children in the West. "From wives and mothers to professionals, each had reasons for enduring and enjoying the difficult lives they led." Naples will be performing as Doc Susie, the small and fierce female physician who overcame social barriers to establish a medical practice in Fraser, Colorado.

Who was Doc Susie?

Born Susan Anderson on January 31, 1870, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Anderson graduated from the medical school at the University of Michigan in 1897. 

Susan Anderson headshot

She soon began her journey west and attempted to establish medical practices in Denver, Greely, and Eaton, with limited success. A bout with tuberculosis in 1907 caused her to move to Fraser, where she set up practice and worked as the only doctor for 49 years, beginning in 1909. Given the nickname "Doc Susie" by the local residents, her career spanned over two World Wars, the development of vaccines and microscopes, and the construction of the Moffatt Tunnel. Doc Susie retired in 1956, and passed away four years later in 1960 at the age of 90. In 1997, she was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.

The Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society invite you to join us for this special event on Sunday, April 28 from 2 to 4 at the Avon Public Library! The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Citations

(2014, January 14). Tips for how to beat the January blues. The Vail Daily, Retrieved from https://www.vaildaily.com/

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