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Meet ‘Doc Susie’ at Sunday history event in Avon

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Jaci Spuhler is this year's Nimon-Walker honoree and a longtime volunteer at the Eagle County Historical Society.
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What: Nimon-Walker History Preservation Award ceremony honoring Jaci Spuhler.

When: Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m.

Where: Avon Public Library.

Cost: Free.

Dr. Susan Anderson arrived in Colorado in 1909, bringing with her a small white dog, a medical bag and a lot of courage. Small and determined, she bucked the social conventions of the time by establishing a medical practice in the Colorado mountain town of Fraser at a time when women doctors were rare and not particularly trusted.

“Doc Susie,” as she became known, ignored the social barriers and practiced medicine in Fraser through two world wars, the Spanish Influenza epidemic and the construction of the Moffatt Tunnel. She often traveled to her patients on snowshoes or by horse.

Grand County historian Kathy Naples will portray Doc Susie at the Nimon-Walker Award presentation Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Avon Public Library. Naples, who is a descendant of a Colorado pioneer family, will be the featured speaker at the annual program. The program recognizes people who have made significant contributions to preserving local history.

This year’s Nimon-Walker honoree is Jaci Spuhler, a longtime volunteer with the Eagle County Historical Society and the former library and archives librarian for the Eagle Valley Library District. Spuhler developed and made accessible to the public an extensive local history collection including scores of manuscripts, history files and thousands of digitized photographs.

The public is invited to this free event, which is hosted by the Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society. Light refreshments will be served.