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Winter 2015


Penrose in Public Art

When writing a biography with a good story to tell, it becomes difficult to patiently anticipate publication. Accuracy is critical, and it takes time. Repeated edits increase chances of finding details and nuggets of information, which will produce a rich blend of western history and engaging storytelling. The launch of my seventh biography, Spencer Penrose: Builder and Benefactor, is expected in early 2016. The results should be worth the wait.

Tutt Penrose CoAlthough we lived in Colorado Springs from 1974 until 1992, I do not recall previously seeing this mural, which decorates the walls of the ghostly Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, built by Penrose in 1938. In this scene, two men behind the group are patient onlookers of business activity in Cripple Creek in the 1890s. The green sign overhead reads “Tutt and Penrose.” Ironically, the two men standing beneath the sign are Spencer Penrose and Charles Tutt, casually observing the activity taking place in front of their office. The mural inside the Shrine of the Sun on Cheyenne Mountain can take you back in time and history.

As winter closes in, another busy year of book and writing activity is finalized. A fun summer day was spent in the Filter Press booth at Leadville Boom Days. This fall, the Women Writing the West Conference took place in Redmond, Oregon. The conference ended with a day-long tour of the Imperial Livestock Ranch, one of the largest in the west. I am constantly amazed at the continuation of learning and exploration of new places on the writing journey. A drive from Pueblo to Denver with my sister included a side trip for “research” at Penrose’s Broadmoor Hotel. The Broadmoor Hotel and El Pomar Foundation have preserved the Penrose legacy while managing their estate for the benefit of the community. The Broadmoor continues to provide a sanctuary of taste and luxury in cuisine and lodging. The resort is a center for world-class recreation and sports, conferences, and the display and preservation of historic artifacts.

Check the 2016 Event Calendar for announcements, programs, presentations, and appearances in the coming year. The web site will reflect changes as the dates approach.

Stay warm and safe this winter,
Joyce and Don Lohse

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