The March 19, 2024 Program at the Highlands Ranch Mansion covered the story of Samuel Allen Long and his legacy and Colorado charm.    The program announcement stated:”Step back in time and uncover the captivating story of Samuel Allen Long, the pioneering homesteader who left an indelible mark on Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  Born in 1827 in Pennsylvania, Long would come to Denver in 1880 and was known for being a real estate mogul along the Front Range.”

Presenter Cecily North-Rudow delved into the life and adventures of this resilient figure who tamed the wild frontier and built a legacy that echoes through the ages. Long had an interesting homesteading journey, from breaking ground on the rugged landscape to development after his final move to Denver.  Long’s enduring impact on Highlands Ranch, including the original farm of Rotherwood, and the enduring spirit that continues to shape the region.

Staff from the Douglas County Libraries Archives and Local History  also discussed the who, what and why behind using archival collections and what a day in the life of an Archivist looks like.  HRHS Oral Histories are submitted to Archives and Local History.

The setting for the program was ideal–the Highlands Ranch Mansion, which was started initially in 1891 by Samuel Allen Long, and then added onto over the years by several other high-profile owners. Program attendees wandered thru the Mansion before and after the presentation, admiring not only the beautiful historic treasure that it is today, but also enjoying the history, docents, one another, and the program sponsor, The Douglas County Library, with our speaker Cecily North-Rudow and fellow archivist Hannah.

Thank you to all who participated, including the speakers, the Mansion staff, the Mansion Wranglers, HRHS Wrangler Volunteers, HRHS BOD members, HRHS Sponsors, videographer Dan Ruth,

Enjoy the Photo Gallery of the event, as well as the video recording and pdf of the presentation.

           View the PDF of the Power Point —–>       Samuel Allen Long 2.pptx