Crystal was born in Kearney, Nebraska. She has lived in Colorado since she was very young. She is a recent CU Denver graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Nonprofit Management. She plans to become a grant writer for a nonprofit organization that focuses on historical preservation. She would like to thank Dr. Greg Whitesides and
Dr. Rebecca Hunt for their excellence in teaching and inspiration as well as Dr. Cameron Blevins for his encouragement and assistance with this paper. Crystal enjoys reading and researching historical times and topics especially ancient history, the American Revolution, and politics. Crystal has been published in the Colorado Encyclopedia for her work on Albina Washburn (1837-1921), an advocate for women’s suffrage. Crystal found a striking photo of one of the Templar statues illuminated during the 1913 Denver conclave in the digital archives of the Denver Public Library. This photo captured a moment in history that she was unaware of. She has had an abiding interest in the Masons and Templars, and knowing the photo had been taken in Denver inspired her to learn more about local history and its connection to the Freemasons. Crystal is a proud mother of a five-year old daughter and a loving wife to her high school sweetheart.