Lord Dunraven: Colorado’s Most Controversial Aristocrat

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Date and Time: 
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: 
Kurtis Kelly

 

Lord Dunraven: Colorado’s Most Controversial Aristocrat

SPEAKER: Kurtis Kelly

Lord Dunraven: Estes Park's Dirty Scoundrel Or Controversial Visionary?

Windham Thomas Wyndam-Quin, the 4th Earl of Dunraven, left a tremendous legacy in the American West. His name embellishes Mount Dunraven in Rocky Mountain National Park and Dunraven Pass in Yellowstone. He was one of Colorado's most intriguing landowners-and one of the most controversial. 

Discovering Colorado as a hunter in the 1870s, Dunraven explored from Cheyenne to Pikes Peak, eventually settling in Estes Park, where, through questionable means, he would soon claim dominion over nearly 10,000 acres. Many question the legality of his land purchases. His name became associated, perhaps unfairly, with the first murder in Estes Park. And yet, he was popular throughout the U.S.-as a writer, yachtsman, and well-traveled journalist. He would go on to campaign for reforms to end child sweatshop labor and to help his native Ireland during its days of bloody rebellion. His legacy is both complex and fascinating.

Was Dunraven a scoundrel? Or perhaps one of Colorado's earliest conservationists? Join the "jury" at this fascinating first-person re-enactment of the life of the "Colorado Earl"-and share in the exciting stories of Colorado's early days-when tourism was at its dawn.   Estes Park History and the Stanley Hotel will also be briefly discussed.  

Presented by Kurtis Kelly

Performer Kurtis Kelly is a stage actor who has been portraying historic characters for over fifteen years. He has performed for libraries, museums, school groups, and major conferences-such as the National Council of Geography Educators. During the summer, he appears in Estes Park's downtown outdoor storyteller series.

 

Lord Dunraven

 

Was Dunraven a scoundrel? Or perhaps one of Colorado’s earliest conservationists? Join the “jury” at this fascinating first-person re-enactment of the life of the “Colorado Earl”—and share in the exciting stories of Colorado’s early days—when tourism was at its dawn. His legacy is both complex and fascinating.

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Thank you to our volunteers for July:

Mark Stevenson,  Sylvia Sarazen,  Lois McKeag,  Sandy Broyles, Joyce Stalgren, Toni Martin,
Sande Fitzpatrick, Meg Anderson, John Lake, Mary Van Wye, David Lebofsky, Sonya Hill, The Johnston Family

Location

South Ridge Recreation Center
Upstairs Auditorium
4800 McArthur Ranch Rd
Highlands Ranch 80130 39° 31' 23.4984" N, 104° 56' 4.8912" W