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6PM Dr. Rose Kidd Beere @ Golden History Museum

Dr. Rose Kidd Beere - photo courtesy of Wabash County Museum


Rose Kidd Beere was a doctor in Colorado in the nineteenth century. Born in Indiana and raised in western military posts, she attended Northwestern University Women’s Medical College. In 1892, she moved to Durango, Colorado, to practice medicine. In 1895 Governor Alva Adams asked her to take over the new State Home for Dependent and Neglected Children in Denver. Then in 1898 the United States went to war with Spain on the island of Cuba as well as in the Philippine Islands. The First Colorado Infantry went to the Philippines. She went, not as a doctor, but as a nurse. After a year, she returned to Denver where she was the health officer for the Denver Public Schools, setting up the first dental clinic for poor children. Then she was the doctor at the Poor Farm followed by running Denver General Hospital. Finally, in 1917 she opened a hospital to take care of soldiers coming home from the First World War.

About the Presenter

Rebecca A. Hunt received her Ph.D. in Western American social history from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1997. Her dissertation looked at ethnic groups in the Denver neighborhoods of Highland and Globeville. From 1992-94 Rebecca was co-chair of the statewide commemoration of the successful 1893 campaign to grant voting rights to Colorado’s women. Rebecca is on the historians’ council for History Colorado’s Center for Colorado Women’s History. In 2020 Rebecca retired from CU Denver and she is now a full-time writer. She writes a monthly column on the history of Denver’s NW side for the Denver North Star. Rebecca’s current book project is Urban Pioneers: Ethnic Identity and Community on Denver’s Northside.

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