Penny Rafferty Hamilton, PhD
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Penny Hamilton Recognized

Inductee Penny Hamilton (2014)was recognized by the Grand County Historical Association as Volunteer of the year for 2017. Hamilton, a general aviation pilot, has been a longtime advocate for aviation and Grand County history. [/cs_column]


From Denver to the Oscars: Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel
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Hattie McDaniel (2010), was featured by History Colorado Center for the event From Denver to the Oscars: Hattie McDaniel’s Road to the Red Carpet. Denver’s own Hattie McDaniel portrayed Mammy in Gone with the Wind, becoming a Hollywood legend when the role earned her the 1940 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was the first African American, male or female, to win an Oscar.


Cleo Parker Robinson
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Cleo Parker Robinson honored by Dance/USA

Cleo Parker Robinson (1989), was honored by Dance/USA and presented the Honor Award which recognize an individual’s
contributions to dance in America and acknowledges the roles they play in the national dance community. Cleo is a renowned teacher, choreographer, and cultural ambassador. She is the executive/artistic director of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble

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Upgrade of Chipeta Mountain

Chipeta (1985) was featured in a Denver Post article “Lessons from the upgrade of Chipeta Mountain – and the Ute woman it is named for”. Chipeta (Ute for White Singing Bird) is recognized and honored for the courage and valor she demonstrated in her efforts to mediate between Native Americans and whites. Both whites and Native Americans admired and respected Chipeta for her beauty, wisdom, good judgment, and compassion. She was the only woman ever permitted to sit on Ute tribal councils.  Read Article

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Sue Miller  – In Memory

Sue Miller (2002), an instrumental voice in breast cancer awareness who tirelessly worked to remove the stigma of  breast cancer passed in May 2017. She was a former Denver fashion model who learned she had breast cancer in 1971. Since then, she fought fear and public ignorance about the disease. Ten years after the diagnosis, this mother of three agreed to stage a fashion show on the condition that all the models be breast cancer survivors. That event for the Denver Metropolitan Mastectomy Club became the first Day of Caring for Breast Cancer Awareness, which is now an annual event in nine cities around the country. These consumer-driven, volunteer-run, and self-supporting educational forums are not fund-raisers. The Day of Caring provides information about preventing, treating, and surviving breast cancer. It helps cancer patients reduce their fear and gain hope.

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CWHF Nominated for Heartland Emmy

Betty Heid, CWHF board chair, was nominated in two categories for the Heartland Regional Emmy Awards for her production work with Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame – the Marion Downs story. This video is the first of many videos to be produced which will showcase the life stories of the amazing women inducted into the Hall. The videos will premier on Rocky Mountain PBS in February, 2018. More details regarding the airing of our video on RM PBS will be released soon.

Upcoming Events:
October 17, 2017 | 950 17th Street, #2000, Denver, CO 80202. Speaker: JoAnn Cram Joselyn, PhD, Senior Space Scientist – CWHF inductee 2002. Purchase tickets

Colorado Springs – Pikes Peak Community College – Portrait Exhibit. November
6-10, 2017.

March 28, 2018 Induction Gala Purchase tickets

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Denver Business Journal, KMGH-TV, 850 KOA, LaVoz and Colorado Expressions Join First Wave of Hall of Fame Partners for the Class of 2018

DENVER – Aug. 14, 2017 -The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) is pleased to announce its new media partnerships in support of the CWHF’s induction of newlychosen women into the Hall in March 2018. The Denver Business Journal, KMGH The Denver Channel, 850 KOA and LaVoz join the CWHF to help honor and recognize its next group of extraordinary women to be inducted into the Hall.

Representing the “Class of 2018,” up to ten women will be inducted in March 2018 during a special celebration in their honor. Nominations closed on August 1, 2017. Every two years, the CWHF inducts contemporary and historical women with significant ties to Colorado who have made enduring and exemplary contributions to their fields, elevated the status of women and helped open new frontiers for women and society, and inspired others, especially women and girls by their example. “Women, and especially young girls, need role models who share a similar drive and vision in life, education, business, and personal development,” says Betty Heid, chair of CWHF. “Too many of today’s girls and young women still struggle with low self-esteem, the deeply rooted belief that they “can’t,” or that certain obstacles are insurmountable. Having role models to study, emulate, and help them find ways to
succeed is critical in women being able to create a healthy, happy, productive future for themselves.”

Since 1985 the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted 152 women of various
races, backgrounds, economic levels, career choices, political philosophies, and religious beliefs united by their outstanding contributions to society.

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