Historic, Multi-Episode Series Begins in Late-February
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) and Rocky Mountain PBS will debut Season Two of a broadcast series focusing on historic and contemporary Colorado women and their little known, underreported achievements. The five-episode series, Great Colorado Women, premiers on Thursday, February 28, 2019, and is produced by the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF)
Season Two is part of what is a multi-season series. These stories provide role models to remind women and girls; men and boys, that they can aspire higher to reach their dreams.
The Season Two premier airs statewide on Thursday, February 28 at 8:30pm MT on Rocky Mountain PBS. The first episode features the story of Helen Bonfils: “Miss Helen: Bringing Culture to A Cow Town.”
Bonfils was known affectionately as “Miss Helen” and also as “Poor Little Rich Girl.” She was one of Colorado’s most generous philanthropists and the leader of a cultural revolution. Bonfils became one of the most powerful women in the region when she took over as president of The Denver Post. Her fame still lives on through her cultural vision and overwhelming generosity. A former actress, Helen Bonfils saw Denver’s future not as simply a “cow town,” but as a cultural leader. She was at the forefront of efforts to make Denver a national treasure. From the Denver Zoo to the Botanic Gardens to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, “Miss Helen” led the way in forging a cultural legacy in Colorado.
Great Colorado Women 2019 air dates Thursday 2/28 8:30-9:00p Helen Bonfils: “Miss Helen: Bringing Culture to A Cow Town”
The series resumes later in March as follows:
- Thursday 3/21 8:30-9:00pm Arlene Hirschfeld: “Denver’s Spirit of Volunteerism”
- Thursday 3/28 8:30-9:00pm Gudy Gaskill: “Blazing the Colorado Trail”
- Thursday 4/4 8:30-9:00pm Doreen Pollack: “Giving Silence a Voice”
- Thursday 4/11 8:30-9:00pm Mildred “Babe” Zaharias:“The Greatest Athlete”
“So many women in the Hall are unsung heroes, hidden figures who have endured with superlative strength, beauty and love. They deserve absolute respect and acknowledgment,” says Betty Heid, CWHF’s executive producer of the series. “They are shining examples of the potential of all women. Their accomplishments are worthy of being emulated and have shaped history and transformed lives.”
Each episode of Great Colorado Women meets Colorado Academic Standards for K-12 and can easily be integrated into classroom studies through PBS LearningMedia that schools can consider using in their curricula to teach students about women’s history.
Julie Speer Jackson, Vice President of Culture Content at Rocky Mountain PBS says, “This series, in itssecond year airing on Rocky Mountain PBS,is really an eye-opener to the impact women have had on our state, our country, and our world. We think it will have broad audience appeal for Colorado citizens including the general public, historians, elementary through high school students, and college students.
“We want to help others to know about those who have gone before us, and in doing so, we believe the stories about the women in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame will inspire women to play a bigger role in shaping Colorado’s history,” she added.
History has shown that when women get involved, great things can happen. “A better world happens when women’s contributions are encouraged and recognized,” Heid emphasizes. “Women have been overlooked in history and in the media. The amazing stories of women’s success, leadership, vision, and accomplishments have not been told.”
Great Colorado Women draws on the historic, scientific, cultural, public policy, education, agriculture, healthcare, and social justice accomplishments of the current 162 women in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.
RMPBS also will air Season One of Great Colorado Womenin 2019. The women featured include:
- Marion Downs: “Mother of Pediatric Audiology“ and nominated in 2018 for two Emmy Awards.
- Dana Crawford: “Saving the Soul of Denver,” winner of the Heartland Emmy, Best Music Composition/Arrangement in 2018. https://vimeo.com/229031373/36a92dd074
- Penny Hamilton: “Penny the Pilot” https://vimeo.com/247724588/520afa3e81
- Jill Tietjen: “Engineering Women Back into History” https://vimeo.com/249278289/c4d69515c8
- Marilyn Van Derbur Atler: “An Incest Survivor’s Odyssey” winner of the Los Angeles Film Award for an Inspiring Woman in a Film https://vimeo.com/253335521/d43f8e92c6
Enchanted Road Productions, along with Heid, produces these programs that will sustain the series for multiple seasons. Rocky Mountain PBS is actively seeking underwriting to support this programming. CWHF is working on community and corporate sponsorships to support production. Both the CWHF and RMPBS believe that individuals, businesses, and organizations can garner great benefit from sponsoring and sending a strong message that women and their contributions matter.
A special invitation-only preview screening event will be held in late February, hosted and sponsored by Balfour Senior Living at its Riverfront Park location in lower downtown Denver. Balfour communities are highly regarded for their comfortable elegance and for the individualized quality of life. But it’s their dedication to service, innovation, and respect that truly define The Balfour Way.
Rocky Mountain PBS, part of Rocky Mountain Public Media, began in Denver in 1956 as Colorado’s first public television station. It is now Colorado’s only statewide television network, with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU). Its mission is to strengthen the civic fabric of Colorado through public media by developing and distributing our content on-air and online, and connecting communities to it through meaningful engagement.
About the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame was created to recognize, honor and preserve the contributions of trailblazing Colorado women. Both historical and contemporary women have shared foresight, vision and accomplishment, but lacked a forum for recognition. Since 1985, the Hall has inducted 162 extraordinary women who have been outstanding in their fields, elevated the status of women, helped open new frontiers for women or inspired others by their example. Inductees include scientists, teachers, social activists, philanthropists, authors, business leaders, elected officials and more.
To learn more about inductees, visit: http://www.cogreatwomen.org
About Enchanted Road Productions
Enchanted Road Productions is a Colorado company based in Golden. The company’s expertise is diverse expertise includes TV shows, commercials, and corporate and notable events. Enchanted Road Productions focuses on motivational content and accomplished individuals, with an expertise in storytelling. Enchanted Road Productions has been nominated 10 times, in 3 years, for the Heartland Emmy’s in such categories as Lighting, Photography, Audio, Hosting, and Magazine Style Show. In 2016, Enchanted Road won a Heartland Emmy for Best Lighting for their commercial for 1600 Glenarm.
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