August 2013 Women's
History Calendar

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Rose Burcham (1857–1944)

Physician, Mine Owner

A New York native, Rose La Monte Burcham graduated from a Cincinnati medical school in 1884. She began her medical practice in San Bernardino in 1885. After marrying Charles Burcham she grubstaked him so he could search for gold but only if she could be an equal partner with him in his findings. He found gold with his mining partners but none were good with money, so Burcham moved to what is now Randsburg, California to manage the business end of the Yellow Aster Mine. She was recognized by the LA Times in 1904 as one of the Men of Achievement in southwest mining.

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A passion for discovery: California women trailblazers
in science, technology, engineering and math

The August calendar shines a spotlight on four remarkable women who have achieved success in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The calendar is produced by the California State Library, California Research Bureau, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Department of Education. Photo and biographical material are from the State Library's extensive collection of photos, prints, rare books and ephemera documenting the state's rich history.