Historian Dave Lively talks about the pioneer experience of the Harbison sisters, Aug. 31 | VailDaily.com

Historian Dave Lively talks about the pioneer experience of the Harbison sisters, Aug. 31

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In 1896, Annie and Kittie Harbison homesteaded in the Kawuneeche Valley near Grand Lake. Hear their story at the Vail Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
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What: Sisters of Courage, with historian Dave Lively.

When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Where: Vail Public Library, 292 W. Meadow Drive, Vail.

Cost: Free.

More information: Call 970-479-2187.

VAIL — Historian Dave Lively will present the story of the Harbison sisters, Annie and Kittie, today at 5:30 p.m. at the Vail Public Library.

In 1896, Annie and Kittie Harbison homesteaded in the Kawuneeche Valley near Grand Lake. Take a journey into the past sharing the pioneer experience of the Harbison sisters and their family’s extraordinary life. Learn how the Harbison girls’ ranch buildings were removed to allow their ranch to become the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Lively has been leading his weekly Sisters of Courage walk in Rocky Mountain National Park for more than nine years and is a dynamic speaker who specializes in shining light on absent narratives. He creates programs about local history for groups large and small, and his stories of remarkable characters from the past engage audiences and bring deeper understanding and appreciation for where we are today.

Lively is one of 10,000 Certified Interpretive Guides in the United States. He is a well-known local historian and appears in “The Living Dream: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park,” a documentary appearing on PBS stations nationwide. He is a speaker for the Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Speakers Series and conducts historic seminars and tours for Rocky Mountain National Park, Rocky Mountain Conservancy, Trail River Ranch education center and History Colorado.

Lively is past president of Grand Lake Area Historical Society, past vice chairman and West Slope representative of Colorado Preservation Inc. and past chairman of the Grand County Historic Preservation Board. He now specializes in public speaking and step-on guide service for bus tours of the Grand Lake area and west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.



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