‘Doc Susie’ brings living history to Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL – The Vail library presents “An Evening of Living History” with Kathy Naples from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Naples will appear in period costume in character as Dr. Susan Anderson, also known as “Doc Susie.”
Naples will speak about the real-life triumphs of Anderson, a doctor who arrived in Fraser, Colo. in 1907 at age 37, thinking she would be dead within the year of tuberculosis. Anderson warded off death and the pain of a broken heart by packing a gun, journeying on horseback to heal Colorado’s sick, and battling railroad management. “Doc Susie” practiced medicine Fraser to for nearly 50 years.
The subject of a similar event in April at the library was Isabella L. Bird.
The program is sponsored by the Colorado Humanities. Colorado Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Vail Library’s monthly book discussion group’s selection for June is “Doc Susie: The True Story of a Country Physician in the Colorado Rockies,” by Virginia Cornell. The living history presentation will take the place of the usual discussion. Copies of this book are available for checkout at the library.
“This is a fascinating book that mentions towns and areas familiar to all of us who live in Colorado, set in a time that was difficult, rough and unrefined, “says Lori Barnes, town librarian. “It is not only historical, but well-written and captivating.”