Some Thoughts on History

Post by Doris McCraw


I’m in the midst of writing a novel due to be released in January. I’m also writing a paper for the library districts history symposium. Additionally, I’m thinking of taking the nanowrimo challenge this November. 

So you may wonder why I chose ‘Some Thoughts on History’ as the subject of this post with the other projects on tap. Quite simply, I’m constantly in awe of what I find as I research and write. What history has to share with those who look is priceless. 

I’ve chosen to share the thoughts of thinkers who also have their own ideas on the subject. While we may not always agree, to know history is to know ourselves.

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“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” Winston S. Churchill

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ” Michael Crichton

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” George Orwell

“History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.” James Fenimore Cooper 

“Study the past if you would define the future.” Confucius

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” Carl Sagan

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?” Marcus Tullius Circero

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”  Rudyard Kipling

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” Winston S Churchill

“For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”  Elie Wiesel

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Some quotes are funny, some were thoughtful and others somewhat controversial. All are important, for history is who we are, and to delve into that well of knowledge is something that is precious to ourselves and those who will follow after. 

Happy reading, and enjoy your own form of creativity for you are sharing your history with the world.

Doris Gardner-McCraw -Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in
Colorado and Women’s History

Angela Raines – author: Where Love & History Meet

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History’s Value

post (c) Doris McCraw


I had the privilege to attend the 14th annual Pikes Peak Library District’s History Symposium.  The topic this year was “Enduring Legacies and Forgotten Landmarks, the Built Environment of the Pikes Peak Region”.  You can view a portion of it on face book here:

As I sat and listened, along with timing the speakers, I realized that despite my love and research into history, there was so much I didn’t know.  I spend a lot of time focusing on the lives and stories of people, but the day brought home how much our environment is a part of that story.

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Hospital in Santa Fe, refitted as a hotel

As I listened to how architects saw and shaped the buildings in our world, I thought of how we as authors shape the world we see through our words.  As the day wore on, it became apparent that sometimes the built environment is the marker of our past. The Santa Fe Trail, which became a railroad then highway and how those changes brought a difference to the area. The building of NORAD, the Western Federation of Miners building, which was the touchstone for those who wanted better wages and working conditions, all are there for us to learn from.

Sometimes the environment creates the people who live there, as is the case of “Salt Creek” in Pueblo, Colorado. The area helped to build the lives of those who made it their home.

The end of the day was a look at the Rural Cemetery movement and our own Evergreen Cemetery. As the speaker said, cemeteries are not the end of history, but the beginning. So as you walk, drive and ride through this world, take a moment to think about and honor the built environment around you. Think about it as you write the words that are in your heart and mind, and let their auras seep into your life.


 Doris Gardner-McCraw writing as Angela Raines
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Colorado and Women’s History

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No, I’ve Not Forgotten

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With the Holidays behind us, resolutions maybe forgotten, I’ve still not forgotten the Women Doctors in Colorado prior to 1900. While I’ve posted different post, I’ve been pretty constant in my research. These women have worked their way into my psyche and I don’t anticipate these women leaving anytime soon.

Here’s where I’ll be on June 11, 2016, the East Library in Colorado Springs for the:

Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium

Myths & Mysteries of the Rocky Mountain West

I will be doing a short presentation on how the legend of ‘Doc Susie’ became the myth thanks to ‘Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman’. This is turn became the belief that all women doctors went through the same thing. As with all legends and myths, it isn’t the full story.

Colorado was home to many women doctors. I’ve written about Alida Avery, Julia E. Loomis, Harriett Leonard  and so many others. Some I’ve yet to tell you about. In addition to the above mentioned women, there was also Dr. Edith Root, who was also in Colorado in 1878, practicing in Denver, Colorado. She was also the first women to receive a license, #82, when Colorado began to license all physicians in 1881. Many of these women decided not to marry, but there were also many who did. This was not a one size fits all, despite the myth of the woman doctor.


When Susan ‘Doc Susie’ Anderson began in Cripple Creek, it was 1897, long after the aforementioned women had been pursuing their chosen career. There were many who, like Dr. Anderson after she moved to Frasier, Colorado, who chose to practice in the smaller communities. There were others who practiced in larger communities. Others created treatment facilities, alone or together. So as I prepare for this program, which can be streamed live during the day, I will continue my pursuit of the lives of these remarkable women and tell the stories I find.

Despite the quote from the movie, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend”, this is one time I hope to tell the true story, and let the myth and legend rest.

Of course I’ll also continue writing as Angela Raines and telling the stories she has running around in her head. So as 2016 gets started, have a wonderful year of following your passions.

Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Doris post a haiku five days a week at – and has now passed one thousand haiku and photos on the blog. Sign up on her Amazon author page: for updates on new releases.