Taos, NM (Vocus) June 5, 2010
A free guided tour of famed author D.H. Lawrence’s 160-acre ranch will be open to the public on Saturday, June 19 in addition to a free presentation on the history of the ranch and the many famous people that lived in the Taos, NM property.
David Herbert (“D.H.”) Lawrence, author of many famed poems, essays and novels including Lady Chatterly’s Lover and Women in Love, is considered by many to be one of the greatest writers of 20th century English literature.
The Lawrence ranch is located 20 miles north of Taos off Highway 522 near San Cristobal on an ancient Kiowa Indian trail between Taos Pueblo and the red clay pits of Questa.
The Ranch was purchased by Mabel Dodge Luhan in 1920, who gave it to Frieda Lawrence (wife of D.H. Lawrence) in April 1924. The Lawrences lived there for a year. After D.H. Lawrence's death in 1930, Frieda returned to the ranch. Prior to her death in 1955, she gave the Ranch to the University of New Mexico for educational, cultural, and recreational purposes.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties, the Ranch features the D. H. Lawrence Memorial, the Homesteader's Cabin in which the Lawrences lived, Brett's Cabin, and the home Frieda built with Angelo Ravagli (who she married after D.H. Lawrence died) in 1933. Famous guests included Georgia O'Keeffe, Aldous Huxley, and Tennessee Williams.
The Ranch presentation on June 19th will be given by Dr. Katherine Toy Miller at the Town of Taos Public Library from 10:15-11:15 a.m., followed by a guided tour of the ranch by Bill Haller, president of the Friends of D. H. Lawrence, at 12 p.m. A carpool from the Taos Public Library parking lot will leave at 11:30 a.m. for the Ranch tour. The carpool will return at 2 p.m. to the Library.
Because the Ranch is located at a high altitude of 8,600 feet, please be prepared by wearing sturdy walking shoes, bringing a hat, sunscreen, and water. The library presentation will be given as scheduled despite inclement weather.
The presentation and tour are sponsored by the Friends of D. H. Lawrence (http://www.friendsofdhlawrence.org), the Taos Public Library (taoslibrary.org) and the University of New Mexico (unm.edu).
For more information about the presentation or tour, contact Dr. Katherine Toy Miller at (575)751-3680.
Those interested in participating in the DH Lawrence Ranch Tour may also experience the culture, art and history of the seven other historic museums in Taos including UNM Harwood Museum of Art, Martinez Hacienda, Millicent Rogers Museum, Blumenschein Home and Museum, the Taos Art Museum, Couse/Sharp Studio & Museum and the Kit Carson Home and Museum.
More information on the Harwood, Hacienda, Millicent Rogers, Blumenschein and Taos Art Museums can be found on the Museum Association of Taos website at taosmuseums.org. Information on the Couse/Sharp Studio can be found at cousefoundation.org/ and Kit Carson Home at kitcarsonhome.com.
For additional Taos experiences this year, including a unique a self-guided visit to the Taos Morada in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, visit http://www.TaosSacredPlaces.com.
Or visit http://taosvacationguide.com/press_releases/view/42 to find out how to participate in an upcoming, weeklong writing seminar, “Taos New Mexico: The Writers New Haven” hosted by renowned writer, Ram Daas, from July 19 through 23, 2010.