Author Kenneth Jessen at the Independence Cow Camp - North Park

About Kenneth Jessen

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Author of twenty books and over 2,200 illustrated articles, Jessen writes on history and the arts.  His columns in the Loveland Reporter-Herald appear once a week and he contributes to several other publications including North-Forty News and Colorado Central Magazine.  During his 36 years with Hewlett-Packard, he wrote technical articles for most major magazines in the electronic business. Instruction manuals and installation manuals are also among his successful projects.

Jessen is a noted Colorado lecturer and has presented numerous programs from ghost towns, strange but true stories, railroads and the beet sugar industry.  His talks have covered specific regions such as Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Spain as well as world travel. On the educational side, Jessen lectures and gives tours for Colorado State University.

Clients have included National Park Service, Westerners International, City of Loveland, City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Senior Center and museums and libraries in Loveland, Fort Morgan, Fort Collins, Brush, Broomfield and Berthoud.

Jessen has worked with CBS Denver Channel 4 Colorado GetAways as an advisor on over a dozen historical projects.  This included segments where Jessen appeared on camera.  In 2014, Jessen was part of a piece on CBS Sunday Morning.  In addition, he has been interviewed many times by newspapers in Loveland, Fort Collins and Denver.  He has appeared on radio shows and even hosted a show on KCOL in Fort Collins.

A life member of the Colorado Railroad Museum, Jessen is a long time member of History Colorado, Rocky Mountain Railroad Club, San Luis Valley Historical Society,  Loveland Historical Society,  Estes Park Museum Friends and Foundation and  Berthoud Historical Society.  For 15 years, Jessen served on boards for the City of Loveland and the Town of Estes Park.

Jessen can be reached at kennethjessen@comcast.net

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