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Mesa Verde National Park Artist-in-Residence 2013

A former teacher of primary grades, Betty Bauer manages to write and teach wherever she resides. Whether living on the east coast, in Seattle, along the Rockies, or in the Heartland, Betty has always paid attention to life and her surroundings. She observes, notates, remembers, and then writes: historical fiction for children; stories about raising sheep; poetry; and accounts of traveling through the National Parks and on the Lewis and Clark Trail. Annually Betty tutors on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and Utah. She especially likes to interact with students and get them involved in writing.

Joshua Thomas distributing books to children from the Washington County Library Wagon, circa 1905

Betty published a picture book in 2006 in honor of the 100th anniversary of Mesa Verde National Park. Bison and Burro counts by fives from the Kansas grasslands through Colorado to Four Corners. Her current, Tamika and Friends, is an upper elementary historical fiction book about Ancestral Puebloans in the 13th century. It is an outgrowth of her research studies at Mesa Verde National Park as an Artist-in-Residence.

Betty and her husband Hank live in Overland Park, Kansas. Their two grown children live in Denver and Ann Arbor. In 1905 her great grandfather, Joshua Thomas, drove the country’s first bookmobile out of the library at Hagerstown, Maryland.