REVEREND MARK FIESTER PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The majority of the material in the Reverend Mark Fiester collection (1950s-1980s) pertains to the books which he wrote: Look For Me In Heaven and Blasted, Beloved Breckenridge. The information concerning Look For Me In Heaven includes all of the research materials (correspondence and historical data) used to write the text, genealogy of Reverend John Lewis Dyer, publishing information and documents, photographs, various drafts of the book, and the final manuscript. The materials pertaining to Blasted, Beloved Breckenridge include reference materials, notes, photographs, and the final manuscript, with an emphasis on Reverend Florida F. Passmore and his role in the Breckenridge Methodist Church and the town itself.
The collection also contains other works written by Fiester. These works include the Christmas Pageant, the sermon for a 4th of July Old Fashioned Worship, and manuscripts for
One Solitary Life,
The Art of Gold-Mining in Summit County, Colorado, and
The Apostolic Clock. This collection also contains correspondence received by Fiester, general notes written and kept by Fiester and financial papers.
The material pertaining to Look For Me In Heaven has been divided into three subseries: chapters (notes, reference materials and drafts of chapters); genealogy and general reference materials on Father Dyer; and manuscripts (different drafts of the manuscript). Chapters, the first subseries, include all of the notes, correspondence, historical data, and research materials gathered by Fiester while writing each individual chapter. These materials are arranged according to the chapter titles in Look For Me In Heaven. This subseries was left in its original order as it was organized by the author, Fiester.
Genealogy and general reference materials consist of the general research completed while writing the book. This material includes genealogical items, general reference materials (historical data, materials on the Methodist Church, and the murder of Father Dyer's son), and information on the publishing of Look For Me In Heaven. The subseries is organized first by the genealogy of Father Dyer, then reference materials, and, finally, publishing information.
The third subseries consists of the original manuscript of Look For Me In Heaven. Several different drafts of the manuscript are included. These drafts contain editing notes and changes.
The material pertaining to Fiester's text Blasted, Beloved Breckenridge has been broken down into two subseries: reference materials and manuscripts. The first subseries, reference materials, consists of notes and articles on Breckenridge, saloon and gambling legislation, and Reverend Florida F. Passmore, gathered by Fiester. The second subseries, manuscripts, consists of rough and revised drafts of Dynamiting the Church Bell (Chapter 18) and the final manuscript, with one prior copy, complete with editing remarks and changes.
The material in this series pertaining to the Christmas Pageant includes the manuscripts, scripts, notes, and a scrapbook tracing the performance of the Christmas Pageant through the years. Other works in this series include Fiester's sermon for a 4th of July Old Fashioned Worship Service and the manuscripts for the articles
One Solitary Life,
The Art of Gold-Mining in Summit County, Colorado, The Apostolic Clock and
Correspondence received by Fiester from family and friends, general notes written and kept by Fiester and a few financial papers comprise this series.
This series contains galleys for Look for Me in Heaven and a scrapbook of scripts and fliers for the Christmas Pageant.
This series contains photographs for Look for Me in Heaven and Blasted, Beloved Breckenridge as well as photographs for the Christmas Pageant. Also, an oversize photobox contains photobox contains photographs of Feister's New Jersey ministry.
The collection is open for research.
Literary and copyrights have been assigned to the Denver Public Library.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.
On June 12, 1907, Reverend Mark Fiester was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He grew up there and eventually graduated from the Williamsport Dickinson Seminary. He continued his education at Albright College and the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, Illinois. Reverend Fiester married Roberta Dexheimer on June 12, 1937 and moved to New Jersey to accept a pastorate. He and his family remained there until 1948, at which time they moved to Colorado.
From 1948 to 1964 Fiester worked at several pastorates in Colorado, including Ordway and Denver. He believed strongly in the idea that worship was enhanced by dramatic interpretation. Thus Fiester produced the Garden of Resurrection and the Pageant of Christmas, both of which became a tradition for many years in the Denver Community.
In 1965, Fiester became pastor of the Father Dyer United Methodist Church in Breckenridge. Upon his retirement in 1972, Fiester became the Pastor Emeritus and historian of the Father Dyer Church. Once retired, he conducted research on John Lewis Dyer and the city of Breckenridge. Thus in 1973, he published Blasted Beloved Breckenridge; in 1980, Look For Me In Heaven was published. Reverend Mark Fiester passed away on March 24, 1996.
2 photo boxes (.75 linear feet)
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The collection was donated to the Denver Public Library by Mark Fiester's children, Ken Fiester and Pamille LaMarche, in 1998.
Additional materials were donated by Jane Morton in August 2012.
Number of Boxes: 6
Oversize: 1 OVBox
Number of PhotoBoxes: 2 (.75 lf)
Number of OVPhotoBoxes: 1
Tammi E. Haddad
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- Authors, American -- 20th century. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Breckenridge (Colo.) -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Clergy -- Colorado. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Dyer, John Lewis, 1812- -- Archives.
- Fiester, Mark -- Archives.
- Methodist Church -- Clergy -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- REVEREND MARK FIESTER PAPERS
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