2017: Focusing on Penrose
Spencer Penrose (1865-1939) achieved fabulous wealth from mining development with his business partner, Charles L. Tutt. With no descendants from their marriage, Spencer and his wife, Julie, gifted their legacy to the community of Colorado Springs. Black's Law Dictionary describes "legacy" as a gift or bequest by will of personal property. With the establishment of the El Pomar Foundation, their fortune continues to thrive with millions of dollars contributed to Colorado non-profit organizations and projects under the care and astute supervision of Tutt family descendants and trustees.
The Penrose legacy, developments, and involvements in the community take many forms. They include the Broadmoor Resort Hotel and attractions, the El Pomar Foundation and Conference Center, highways built up Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Mount Manitou Incline, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb automobile race, Norris-Penrose Event Center and Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, Penrose Heritage Museum, Penrose House, Penrose Library, Penrose Hospital, Penrose School, the town of Penrose, and others. You get the idea. Julie Penrose was also a philanthropist who supported the arts, education, medical facilities, and Catholic charities. All of this was accomplished while the Penroses lived a full life of travel, hospitality, culture, and humor. Mistakes were made and choices were selective, but the result was a community embellished by many gifts bestowed upon it from the Penrose legacy.
As the 2017 calendar pages turn, new events fill the months ahead. This year, I will be showcasing and sharing the story of Spencer Penrose at several events.
Hope you can join us!
Best wishes for a great year,
Joyce and Don Lohse