Gustafson to speak at LHA annual meeting

       Local historian Delores Gustafson will talk about Queen Palmer and the Mellen/Clarke side of Queen's family as part of the annual meeting of the Rock Ledge Ranch Living History Association (LHA) Tuesday, March 21.
       The meeting, free and open to the public, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St.
       Other activities will include the LHA's annual report, treasurer's report, comments by City Council member Scott Hente and installation of new board members.
       Gustafson has been a teacher, puppeteer, genealogist, and world traveler. She began her research into the Mellen/Clarke family while volunteering at the Ranch in 1982.
       In an interview, Gustafson said part of her talk will address a subject of historic speculation - why Queen (Mellen) Palmer moved away from Colorado Springs and her husband, Colorado Springs founder William Palmer. “There's been a lot of misinformation about Queen,” Gustafson said.
       As for Palmer, “many people don't realize that while he was starting a city he was also taking care of a family,” she said. “They don't know about his personal connection to his wife's family.”
       For more information, call 578-6777.

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