Ann Sneesby-Koch is the Project Manager for the Colorado Digital Newspaper Project, a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded grant project to digitize historic Colorado Newspapers, and the Assistant Curator of Serials at History Colorado.
Denver’s red-light district was the worst-kept secret in town, and the women who plied their trade there lived on the margins of society. Their stories reveal pain and violence, but also hope and sisterhood at a time when few had anywhere else to turn.
In 1903, The Denver Post investigative journalist Polly Pry exposed abuses at the Fort Lewis Indian Boarding School that shocked the nation. Her reporting brought to light the mistreatment of Native children that was all too common at boarding schools throughout the nation.