Cafe Botanique, March 20, 6:30 p.m.

Alice Stewart Hill, Colorado Springs’ First Wildflower Artist
Nancy and Ed Bathke, Manitou Springs

Alice Stewart Hill moved from New York to Colorado Springs in 1872, where she developed an artistic specialty in Colorado’s wildflowers and became friends with famed author Helen Hunt Jackson. When Helen died, Alice inherited publishing rights to a chapter in one of Helen’s books, resulting in the publication of The Procession of Flowers in Colorado. This book of Helen’s text was illustrated with Alice’s watercolors of wildflowers. The limited edition of 100 copies, with actual hand-done illustrations in each copy, was completed in the late 1880s. The surviving copies are highly prized for their artistry as well as their history. 

Ed Bathke, a mathematician and retired computer analyst, and Nancy Bathke, a retired elementary school teacher, are co-authors of The West in Postage Stamps, and have had articles published in numerous books and magazines. They have presented local history topics at the Pikes Peak Library District annual Symposia and several other events mainly in Colorado Springs area. Nancy is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in the West, and both Ed and Nancy are listed in Contemporary Authors.

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