PBS program explores role women played at Colorado mining camps

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PBS program explores role women played at Colorado mining camps

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Rocky Mountain PBS will screen “Ladies of the Mines” twice in Southwest Colorado:
Jan. 12: 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. at the Vallecito Room in the Student Union at Fort Lewis College in Durango.
Jan. 13: 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. at the Sheridan Opera House, 110 N. Oak St., in Telluride.
Both screenings will feature a panel discussion afterward including Colorado Experience series Executive Producer Julie Speer, the episode’s director and writer Mariel Rodriguez-McGill and Rudy Davison, who suggested the subject in the Viewers’ Choice contest.
The episode will air on Rocky Mountain PBS at 7 p.m. Jan. 14.
To learn more about the episode and Colorado Experience, visit www.rmpbs.org/coloradoexperience.

PBS program explores role women played at Colorado mining camps

The Feckes family, seen circa 1900, lived at a mining camp in the Telluride area. “Ladies of the Mines,” a production of the Rocky Mountain PBS series Colorado Experience, tells the story of what it was like to be a wife or daughter in the camps. A label on the photo says Frank, Minnie, Dorothea Feckes, but does not identify who they are or who the other people are.
Beth Batchellor, with her son and dog, was one of several women who tried to make a home at the Tomboy Mine, located above Telluride at 11,500 feet.
Anne Ellis grew up in poverty in Colorado mining camps in the late 1800s. Her papers are in the collection of the University of Colorado-Boulder. Ellis is one of three women profiled in “Ladies of the Mines,” which will be screened Jan. 12 in Durango.
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