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‘Early Glenwood Springs’ illustrates local history

Kelli Rollin
Cynthia Hines, executive director of the Frontier Historical Society, poses with her new book, "Early Glenwood Springs." Book Train will host a signing on Saturday.
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Who: Cynthia Hines

What: Book signing, ‘Early Glenwood Springs’

When: 4 p.m. on Saturday

Where: Book Train

How Much: Free (book costs $21.99)

Carole O’Brien stood nearly speechless in Book Train as she flipped through pages and awed at historical photos taken so close to home.

O’Brien, manager of Book Train, a bookstore in Glenwood Springs, said “Images of America: Early Glenwood Springs,” by Frontier Historical Society Executive Director Cynthia Hines, gives the town its roots.

“I think it fills out our image of what things were like back here in the early days,” O’Brien said.

Hines said it was time for something new to be published about Glenwood’s history.

But the book, which was published this April, almost didn’t happen.

Hines said Arcadia Publishing contacted her about eight years ago about writing the book, but she didn’t really want to do it.

“I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t have time to do that,” Hines said.

She said the company repeatedly asked her to write it, and she caved about a year ago.

“I’m really glad, now that I did it,” Hines said. “It was really intimidating at first.”

Hines had less than a year to write the book and gather historical pictures. Luckily, the historical society had a collection of about 6,000 photos to choose from.

“The photo collection is one of my favorite parts about working here,” said Hines, who has worked at the historical society for 16 years.

Hines said she had to strategically plan hours when she could work on the book to fit everything into her working schedule.

When she went through the thousands of photos, Hines said she realized there were too many to fit into the 127-page book standard. She decided to limit the book to pre-1920s, which leaves room to publish another book in the future instead of squeezing everything into one. She scanned each photo herself, which she said took the most time.

“As most other authors, I was here [at the Frontier Historical Museum] a few days before the deadline at midnight,” Hines said about finishing the book.

The book is divided into six sections, and each tells about a different element of the town’s foundation. One section is about the founding of Glenwood, while another is dedicated to the history of tourism.

O’Brien said Glenwood has so much history, but we only know certain parts of it. She said she connects with the many personal stories in the book.

“I think if we know where we came from, it gives us a better handle on where we’re going,” O’Brien said.

Book Train will host a book signing at 4 p.m. on Saturday for “Images of America: Early Glenwood Springs.” The Frontier Historical Society receives 50 percent of the profits from book sales.

O’Brien said book signings are important because meeting and talking to the author makes the book more personal. She said she likes to ask questions about certain decisions made in the writing process.

“I get so much more out of a book when I can talk to the author,” she said.

Hines said hopefully this book could teach people things they didn’t know before. She said not only is this book relevant for residents, but it serves as a great informant to visitors, as well.

“It’s sort of a fun journey through Glenwood,” Hines said.


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