Local author speaks at Vail library
VAIL, Colorado ” Shirley A. Welch, author of “The Eagle River Valley,” will visit the Vail, Colorado’s Public Library at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night. This book is part of the “Images of America” series and is co-authored by the Eagle County Historical Society. Copies of the book will be available at the event.
Welch has been a resident of the Vail Valley since 1968. Her interest in history has spanned all those years in the valley. She has walked in the ruins of the old mining camps, visited the cemeteries and talked with many of the old timers who still reside in the valley. Welch worked with Frank Doll on his memoir. Doll and Welch did many road trips in the Eagle Valley, visiting graveyards and old haunts of Frank’s. She also wrote a memoir for Robert Maloit, whose father was the superintendent of the Gilman mine for 43 years. After being contacted by Arcadia Publishing to do a book on the Vail Valley, she opted to focus on the Eagle River Valley. She has collaborated with the Eagle County Historical Society to select some of the most notable images from its extensive photographic archives. These photographs date back to the 1800s and provide a colorful picture of the pioneer mountain community.
“This book has circulated well since it arrived on the shelves at the Town of Vail Public Library last summer,” library Director Lori A. Barnes said. “It is among other cherished local histories by such authors as the Simontons, Bill Burnett, Hauserman, Siebert, and the list goes on. These are gems, not just for someone interested in the history of the area, but as coffee table books to be leafed through and enjoyed. We are very much looking forward to hosting Ms. Welch and hearing more about the production of this marvelous little book.”
Stocked with restored photographs dating back to the 1800s, “The Eagle River Valley” is a collaboration between Welch and the Eagle County Historical Society that brings this area’s rich history to life, according to the book cover. Welch examines (among other things) the mining rush that brought several pioneers to the Eagle River Valley in hopes of striking it rich in gold and silver, as well as Camp Hale’s unique position in military ” and national ” history.
A longtime resident of the valley, Welch also writes fiction and living histories for Mountain Hospice patients. Since the publication of her book, “The Eagle River Valley,” Welch has discovered new and interesting information about the history of the Eagle Valley.