August 30, 2017
Colorado storyteller, Kurtis Kelly, will present an evening of history re-enactments titled “Rocky Mountain Tales of Survival.” This is a free performance suitable for all ages. Among the tales will be true historic tales of pioneers who faced perilous encounters and recalled daring escapes. Homesteader Abner Sprague recounts the 1896 camping trip that left his party lost in a blizzard above timberline. The Earl of Dunraven, while on a hunting expedition, comes face-to-face with a mountain lion. Adventurer and author, Joe Mills, describes a midnight rescue on wind-whipped 14255-foot Longs Peak. A snow-blinded Enos Mills makes a dangerous descent from the Continental Divide. Kelly will also include a brief discussion of the film “The Revenant”, which has helped re-popularize survival narratives, and which has led viewers to wonder about the real-life Hugh Glass, whose life inspired the screenplay.