Verne Albertson is the 2018 Nimon-Walker Award Recipient for his new book, which chronicles his life and growing up in rural Eagle County in the 1940s, aptly titled Beanies, Stick Horses, Marbles, & Mean Chickens: Growing Up in Burns, Colorado in the 1940s.
The Albertson family and their relatives arrived in the Eagle Valley after the turn of the century. Verne’s grandparents, Charles and Ella, homesteaded Burns, Eagle County’s prime cattle-raising country and once a bustling ranching area. The Albertson boys — Verne and his brothers, Chuck and Frank — found plenty of fun, whether it was saddling up to go fishing at Emerald Lake, using his ‘beanie’ to fend off mean chickens, or perfecting the stick horse. Verne included a map of what Burns was like when he was growing up, as well as many family photographs from his youth in the book. It is truly a glimpse into the past and a testament to a bygone era of Eagle County. Verne’s book is available at the Eagle Valley Libraries and available for purchase through the Eagle County Historical Society, The Bookworm in Edwards or the Eagle Pharmacy!
Please join the Eagle Valley Library District and the Eagle County Historical Society for an award-winning program featuring rich local history and honoring 2018 Nimon-Walker Award winner, Verne Albertson on Sunday, April 29, at 2:00 pm at the Avon Public Library. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. Books will be available for purchase.
This year’s event kicks off with a special presentation by photographer Michael Crouser, author of Mountain Ranch, a photography book featuring Eagle and Roaring Fork Valley ranchers and a 2018 Colorado Book Award finalists. One of Crouser’s subjects was none other than Verne Albertson, our 2018 honoree. The two formed a special friendship during the making of this book—Crouser even typed the first draft of Albertson’s book! Please note that copies of Mountain Ranch will not be for sale at the event.
Interested in learning more? Check out our Nimon-Walker Collection on Digital Archive!